PRESIDENT MUSEVENI EXPLAINS WHY HE APPOINTED NABAKOOBA CABINET MINISTER FOR LANDS , SAYS MAILO LAND SYSTEM IN BUGANDA IS BAD

By Our Special   Correspondents

President  Yoweri Museveni  -just hours  after naming his new cabinet has explained why he selected vocal Judith Nabakooba  as cabinet minister in charge of the lands docket- saying she is good at fighting land grabbers  and protecting the land rights of the vulnerable poor in rural areas.

“ I appointed Judith Nabakooba to the Lands Ministry because she was active  on issues of land. That girl fought land grabbers in Mityana and was on the side of the people. I know she will do a good job there,” Museveni stated while addressing the nation during the occasion to celebrate  Heroes Day.  Nabakooba  survived the axe which left at least 23 of her former colleagues out  of a job . She served as  Minister of  ICT and national Guidance for just one year and three months – a docket which will now be taken over by another NRM loyal cadre -Dr. Chris Baryomunsi.

Political analysts say- Nabakooba is among the loyal women NRM cadres Museveni has given powerful ministries to help him manage the country for the next five years.

Speaking at Kololo Independence grounds during the national celebrations to mark  40 years since the first NRA/NRM heroes were executed at Kikandwa , luwero district for their support to the bush war – Museveni took a swipe at Buganda ‘s mailo land system  saying it was “very bad” and he doesn’t know why the Baganda support it.  It is as an evil system ,” Museveni stressed.

What is Mailo

The basic unit of the mailo system is a square mile, hence the derivation of mailo, which is also equivalent to 640 acres. The term is used in Uganda to describe a land tenure system that came into effect when the kingdom of Buganda signed an agreement with the British-administered- Uganda Protectorate there in 1900.

Land scholars have variously blamed the mailo land system for among other ills- creating too many “absentee” landlords, denying peasants and or bibajanja holders -their ultimate land rights , and rendering such land not viable for large  economic projects because of the “too many competing” land interests -some which are legal.

For instance, the 1995 constitution recognizes the land rights of bibanja holders – those people who stayed on land for more than 12 years unchallenged -even if  such land has an original land owner under the  Registration of Titles Act (RTA).

For long -Museveni has been pushing for land reforms in   Uganda and the country will be watching with keen interest how his new cabinet and the line ministers, Nabakooba and her Deputy State Minister for Lands, veteran lawyer -Sam Mayanja will handle the land question .

New Minister of State for Lands -Advocate Mayanja has written numerous articles about the land tenure system in  Buganda and some of his articles have turned out to be controversial.  Previously , Mengo has warned government to go slow on the land issues in  Buganda claiming that many people have been forced off their land illegally by land-grabbers .

  List of  Ministers who were dropped from cabinet

1. Edward Kiwanuka  Sekandi

2. Sarah Kanyike,

3. Ester Mbayo,

4. John Byabagambi, 

5. Adolf Mwesige,

6. Ephraim Kamuntu,

7. Ruhakana Rugunda, 

8. William Byaruhanga, 

9. Mary Karork Okurut, 

10. Sam Kutesa,

11. Amelia  Kyambadde,

12. Elioda Tumwesigye,

13. Beti Kamya,

14. Simon Lokodo,

15. Christopher Kibanzanga, 

16. Rosemary Sseninde, 

17. Gabirel Ajedra,

18. Simon D’ujanga,

19. Tonald Kibuule, 

20. Aida Nantaba,

21. Nakiwala Kiyingi

22. Sarah Opendi

23. Mwesigwa Rukutana

The  New Cabinet list in full:

  1. H.E. the Vice President ─ HON. JESSICA ALUPO (MAJ.RTD)
  1. Rt. Hon. Prime Ministerand Leader of Government Business in Parliament ─ HON. ROBINAH NABBANJA
  1. 1st Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Community Affairs─ HON. REBECCA KADAGA;

4. 2nd Deputy Prime Minister & Deputy Leader of Gov’t Business in Parliament ─ HON.GEN. MOSES ALI

  1. 3rd Deputy Prime Minister and Minister without Portfolio ─ HON. LUKIA NAKADAMA
  1. Minister of Education and Sports ─ HON. MUSEVENI JANET KATAAHA
  1. Minister, Office of the President (Presidency)─ MS. MARIAM DHOKA BABALANDA
  1. Minister, Office of the President (Security)─ HON. JIM MUHWEZI
  2. Minister, Office of the President Serviced by the State HouseComptroller, in charge of Science,Technology and Innovation─ DR. MUSENERO MONICA
  1. Minister for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs ─ HAJATI MISI KABANDA;
  1. Minister, Office of the Prime Minister (General Duties) ─ RT. HON. KASULE LUMUMBA
  1. Government Chief Whip ─ HON. TAYEBWA THOMAS
  1. Minister, Office of the Prime Minister (Relief, Disaster Preparedness & Refugees ─ HON. ONEK HILARY
  1. Minister for Karamoja Affairs ─ HON. MARIA GORETTI KITUTU
  1. Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries ─ HON. FRANK TUMWEBAZE
  1. Attorney-General ─ MR. KIRYOWA KIWANUKA
  1. Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs ─ HON.VINCENT SSEMPIJJA

BAMULANGAKI;

  1. Minister of Energy and Minerals Development─ HON. RUTH NANKABIRWA;
  1. Minister of Finance, Planning And Economic Development ─ HON. MATIA KASAIJA
  1. Minister of Foreign Affairs ─ HON. JEJE ODONGO
  1. Minister of Gender, Labour And Social Development ─ HON. BETTY AMONGI
  1. Minister of Health ─ HON. DR. JANE ACENG
  1. Minister of Information,Communications Technology And National Guidance─ DR. CHRIS BARYOMUNSI
  1. Minister of Internal Affairs ─ HON. KAHINDA OTAFIRE
  1. Minister of Justice and ─Constitutional Affairs
  1. Minister of Lands, Housing And Urban Development ─ HON. JUDITH NABAKOBA;
  1. Minister of Local Government ─ HON. RAPHAEL MAGYEZI
  1. Minister of Public Service ─ HON. MURUULI MUKASA
  1. Minister of Tourism, Wildlife And Antiquities ─ HON. TOM BUTIME
  1. Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives ─ MR. FRANCIS MWEBESA
  1. Minister of Water and Environment ─ HON. CHEPTORIS MANGUSHO
  1. Minister of Works and Transport ─ GEN. KATUMBA WAMALA

MINISTERS OF STATE:

Office of the President

  1. Minister of State, Office of the President (Economic Monitoring) ─ HON. PETER OGWANG
  1. Minister of State, Office of the President (Ethics and Integrity) ─ HON. AKELLO ROSE

Office of the Vice President:

  1. Minister of State, Office of the Vice President ─ HON. MUTASINGWA DIANA NANKUNDA

Office of the Prime Minister-

  1. Minister of State, Office of The Prime Minister (Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees)
    ─ HON. ANYAKUN

The Prime Minister (Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees)– ESTHER DAVINIA

  1. Minister of State, Office of The Prime Minster (Northern Uganda) ─ HON. KWIYUCWINY GRACE FREEDOM
  1. Minister of State, Office of the Prime Minister (Karamoja)─ HON. AGNES NANDUTU;
  1. Minister of State, Office of the Prime Minister (Luwero Triangle -Rwenzori Region)
    ─ MS. ALICE KABOYO
  1. Minister of State, Office of the Prime Minister (Bunyoro Affairs) ─ HON. NAMUYANGU KACHA JENNIFER
  1. Minister of State, Office of the Prime Minister (Teso Affairs)─ HON. DR. ONGALO-OBOTE

Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries

  1. Minister of State for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (Agriculture)─ HON. KYAKULAGA FRED BWIINO
  1. Minister of State for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (Animal Industry)─ HON. RWAMIRAMA BRIGHT
  1. Minister of State for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries─ HON. ADOA HELLEN

Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs

  1. Deputy Attorney General ─ HON. KAFUUZI JACKSON

Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs

  1. Minister of State for Defence And Veteran Affairs (Defence)─ HON. OBOTH OBOTH JACOB MARKSON
  1. Minister of State for Defence And Veteran Affairs (Veteran Affairs)─ HON. OLERU HUDA

Ministry of East African Affairs

  1. Minister of State for East African Affairs ─ MR. MAGODE IKUYA

Ministry of Education and Sports

  1. Minister of State for Education And Sports (Higher Education) ─ HON.DR. MUYINGO JOHN CHRYSOSTOM
  1. Minister of State for Education And Sports (Primary Education)─ HON. DR. MORIKU JOYCE KADUCU
  1. Minister of State for Education And Sports (Sports) ─ HON. OBUA DENIS HAMSON

Ministry of Energy and Minerals Development

  1. Minister of State for Energy and Minerals Development (Energy)─ HON. OKASAI SIDRONIUS OPOLOT
  2. Minister of State for Energy and Minerals Development (Minerals)─ HON. PETER LOKERIS

Ministry of Finance, Planning & Economic Development

  1. Minister of State for Finance Planning and Economic Development (General Duties) ─ HON. HENRY MUSAASIZI;
  1. Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development (Planning) ─ HON. AMOS LUGOLOOBI
  1. Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development (Privatization and Investment) ─ HON. ANITE EVELYN
  1. Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development (Micro-Finance)─ HON. KYEYUNE HARUNA KASOLO

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  1. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (International Affairs) ─ HON. ORYEM OKELLO
  1. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Regional Affairs)─ MR. JONH MULIMBA

Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development:

  1. Minister of State for Gender,Labour and Social Development Labour and Social Development (Gender and Culture)─ HON. PEACE MUTUUZO
  1. Minister of State for Gender,Labour and Social Development (Youth and Children Affairs) ─ HON. NYIRABASHITSI SARAH MATEKE;
  1. Minister of State for Gender, Labour and Social Development (Employment and Industrial Relations)─ HON. OKELLO ENGOLA
  1. Minister of State for Gender, ─ HON. HELLEN ASAMO;

Labour and Social Development

(Disability Affairs)

  1. Minister of State for Gender ─ HON. GIDUDU MAFAABI;

Labour and Social Development

(Elderly Affairs)

Ministry of Health:

  1. Minister of State for Health ─ HON. BANGIRANA

(General Duties) KAWOYA;

  1. Minister of State for Health ─ HON. MARGARET

(Primary Health Care) MUHAANGA

Ministry of Information Communication Technology and National Guidance:

  1. Minister of State for Information─ MS. JOYCE

Communication Technology and SSEBUGWAWO

National Guidance

Ministry of Internal Affairs:

  1. Minister of State for ─ GEN. DAVID MUHOOZI;

Internal Affairs

Ministry of Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs:

  1. Minister of State for Kampala ─ MR. KABUYE

Capital City and KYOFATOGABYE;

Metropolitan

Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development:

  1. Minister of State for Lands, ─ HON. NAMUGANZA;

Housing and Urban Development (Housing)

  1. Minister of State for Lands, ─ HON. OBIGA KANIA;

Housing and Urban

Development (Urban Development)

  1. Minister of State for Lands, ─ MR.SAM MAYANJA;

Housing and Urban

Development (Lands)

Ministry of Local Government:

  1. Minister of State for ─ HON. VICTORIA

Local Government RUSOKE;

Ministry of Public Service:

  1. Minister of State for ─ MS. GRACE MARY

Public Service MUGASA

Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities:

  1. Minister of State for Tourism, ─ HON. MARTIN MUGARRA;

Wildlife and Antiquities

Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives:

  1. Minister of State for Trade, ─ HON. GUME

Industry and Cooperatives FREDRICK NGOBI;

(Cooperatives)

  1. Minister of State for Trade, ─ HON. BAHATI DAVID;

Industry and Cooperatives

(Industry)

  1. Minister of State for Trade, ─ HON. HARRIET

Industry and Cooperatives NTABAAZI;

(Trade)

Ministry of Water and Environment:

  1. Minister of State for Water ─ HON. BEATRICE;

And Environment (Environment) ANYWAR

  1. Minister of State for Water ─ HON. AISHA SEKKINDI

And Environment (Water)

Ministry of Works and Transport:

  1. Minister of State for Works ─ HON. MUSA ECHWERU;

And Transport (Works)

  1. Minister of State for Works ─ HON. BYAMUKAMA

And Transport (Transport) FRED

SPECIAL ENVOY:

  1. RT. HON. DR. RUHAKANA RUGUNDA

SPECIAL ENVOY FOR SPECIAL DUTIES, OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

SENIOR PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORS:

  1. HON. AMELIA KYAMBADDE – SENIOR PRESIDENTIAL

ADVISOR – INDUSTRIES

  1. HON. BETTY KAMYA – SENIOR PRESIDENTIAL

ADVISOR – LANDS

  1. PROF. EPHRAIM KAMUNTU – SENIOR PRESIDENTIAL

ADVISOR – ECONOMIC

AND MANIFESTO IMPLEMENTATION

  1. HON. SARAH KANYIKE – SENIOR PRESIDENTIAL

ADVISOR – KAMPALA

  1. GEN. ELLY TUMWINE – SENIOR PRESIDENTIAL

ADVISOR – SECURITY

NRM SECRETARIAT:

  1. HON. RICHARD TODWONG – SECRETARY

GENERAL NRM

  1. HON. ROSE NAMAYANJA – DEPTY SECRETARY

GENERAL NRM

  1. HON. OUNDO NEKESA – NATIONAL TREASURER

NRM

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