Cabinet Reshuffle: Among Anita Poised For Ministerial Post

Cabinet Reshuffle: Among Anita Poised For Ministerial Post

By Samuel Opio

As President Museveni puts final touches to a new cabinet list, information emerging from the corridors of power indicates that the Bukedea Woman Member of Parliament and opposition leaning, Among Annet Anita could make her way through to the final cut.

TheSpy sources indicate that Hon. Anita is being considered for ministerial appointment. It is not clear which docket she will be given.

A politically shrewd operator, Among serves as a Vice Chairperson of the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE), a position she was seconded to by FDC.

President Museveni has attended a number of functions in Anita’s constituency, heaping praise on the MP and donating money to various interest groups.

Our close sources have also confirmed that Anita can freely access the president and if you want to see Museveni, she could take you there faster than many senior NRM officials.

Anita Among (left) with Winnie Kiiza (middle) when she brokered a meeting between Kasese MPs and President Museveni in January 2017.

This “loyalty” is likely to be rewarded with a cabinet appointment.

For instance, when the president wanted to meet MPs from Kasese, angered by the raid on Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere’s palace and the subsequent arrest of the Rwenzururu king, it was Among who persuaded all FDC MPs to meet the president in January 2017.

She, indeed, accompanied them to Museveni’s farm at Kisozi in Gomba for the meeting.

“She is so powerful that even ministers bow to her,” one of the MPs told Our Reporter.

This power could translate into a cabinet job, we have been told.

Sources have told us that other likely new appointments to cabinet include Raphael Magyezi, the Igara West MP who drafted the age-limit bill and Peter Ogwang, the youthful MP for Usuk County who serves as a commissioner for Parliament.

Formerly the deputy treasurer of FDC, the Bukedea Woman MP has become one of the most powerful back benchers because she reportedly has unfettered access to President Museveni.

Yet she has continuously voted with the NRM on contentious issues, including the removal of the age-limit in December 2017.

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