On Monday, Uganda’s ruling party National Resistance Movement parliament passed a controversial ruling sponsored by President Yoweri Museveni.
The Ugandan head of state had earlier on pushed a motion in parliament to be given powers to increase his cabinet ministers. Now that the resolution was passed, Yoweri Museveni has gained another set of powers as he can increase the ministers to a shocking 80 people!
Right now, the Ugandan Constitution has stipulated the number of ministers to only 21. According to reports, the NRM Parliamentary caucus had unanimously passed the bill for the president to be able to increase the Cabinet Ministers from 21 to 29. State ministers has also been increased to 51.
This news comes only a day after the East African President set some strict rules such as immediate closure of all schools and banning of inter-district travels. This was in a bid to curb the increasing number of Covid-19, which has overburdened the health facilities in the country.
With the increased Executive, the burden will be on the common citizens as they are supposed to pay trillions of tax to support the bloated government. This raises some key questions as to why the government would choose to increase the ministers at a time when the whole world is undergoing a financial crisis.
According to citizens who reacted to the news on social media, the increase of ministers from 21 to 80 is definitely bad news for Ugandans.
The increased cabinet would only cause more economic crisis as the country is being ravaged by a ballooning debt. The Ugandan government should have at least tried to improve health facilities and set up other development projects instead.