EXCLUSIVE: Museveni Moves To Eject Mbabazi from Cabinet

Over eight groups of youths under their umbrella organization, order the Uganda Youth Platform have handed a petition to the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanya seeking an intervention to stop any further debate in the house about the Genetically Modified Organisms Safety Bill.

The bill was introduced in Parliament in 2008 to regulate GMO products in the country but according to the youth, it is intended to suppress the original species and varieties.

Led by their Spokesperson, Desire Muhooza, the youth were concerned that the law would make many Ugandans slaves to the companies that produce the seeds since most GMO’s do not have the ability to regenerate naturally and farmers have to buy seed every time they wish to sow.

On top of that, the youth alleged that some GMOs products are poisonous and sometimes cause cancer and diabetes meaning that the move will put the lives of Ugandans at risk.

The 20 paged petition also contained numerous challenges which could be faced as a result of the law, citing that many GMOs products are not accepted in a number of world markets which would compromise the profitability of the farming business.

The youth proposed that Parliament does consultation from all the concerned stakeholders before continuing to debate this bill.

While receiving the petition at Parliament, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanya said that Parliament, through its Agriculture Committee, is still scrutinizing the bill before it is passed into a law.

President Museveni has intensified consultations as he prepares to release what top advisors have described as a “2016 Cabinet” in which several ageing ministers will be relieved of their duties and replaced with youthful officials to take over the mantle of running government business.


The better part of Museveni’s meetings are taking place at his country residences at Rwakitura and Kisozi.

Unlike in the past when Museveni would entrust Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi to compile names of suitable candidates for ministerial positions, pill this time round, here Museveni is relying on input from youthful government officials, viagra sale security, clergy and traditional leaders.

With Museveni targeting the youthful electorate in the 2016 general elections, sources in the corridors of power say the new cabinet will see the rise of young men and women to take over the running of ministries.

Uganda’s population is projected at 34.1 million people as of December 2012 with children and youth alone accounting for 78.3 percent of the population, making the country one of the youngest in the world.

According to Uganda Youth Network, young people alone (15 – 30 yrs) are estimated at 27 percent (9.2 million).

This population trend has proved significant over the previous two election periods with youth accounting for over 60 percent of those eligible to vote.

Youth participation in elections has significantly spiced and enriched the democratic electoral processes as youth engage with energy, enthusiasm and optimism.

In the run up to the 2011 general elections, youth engaged in clearly programmed civic processes through civil society and political parties’ initiatives including campaigns to mitigate electoral violence, civic and voter education as well as the national youth manifesto process.

These engagements castigated earlier notions that youth were disorganized and did not have anything useful to offer to the electoral and political campaigns.

This could have been one of the reasons why Museveni released the famous ‘Mpenkoni’ rap hit that swept the nation like a wild fire.

Museveni also backed the Youth Livelihood Fund project to enable the youth have access to funds to improve their economic welfare.

“Our main objective is to win the hearts of the youth. Youthful officials will take charge of key government institutions to prove that there is a transition of power and resources from the old to the young generation,” said one of Museveni’s strategists.

Sources further told Chimpreports that Museveni is weighing the options of putting in place a leaner cabinet.

Mbabazi saga

One of the reasons why Museveni has delayed to drop the cabinet bombshell is the controversy surrounding Mbabazi’s 2016 plans.

Officials told this website that Museveni fears that alienating Mbabazi could compel him to launch the 2016 presidential bid on a sympathy vote.

“For a long time, Mbabazi has strategically positioned himself as Museveni’s right-hand man and potential successor. However, Museveni seems to have other plans for the future,” says a source who prefers anonymity so as to speak freely.

“I am not sure whether Museveni and Mbabazi sealed a deal that the Prime Minister would be supported to take over presidency in 2016 but that’s how the situation appears. You will recall that after 2011, Mbabazi started foreign trips that saw him visit China, Israel, U.A.E, Egypt and even Vatican to oil his links with top leaders there. He was preparing for the 2016 bid,” the source added.

Chimpreports understands that during those trips, Museveni did not show any sign of discomfort until some security officials warned him that the powerful Secretary General was determined to stand for the highest political seat in the land.

Museveni later summoned Mbabazi to State House where he asked the latter why, “whenever you are asked if you want to stand in 2016, you answer as if you want to be president.”

Mbabazi clarified that there is no law that bars him from contesting for any political seat but that he would stand against the President.

However, Museveni’s strategists do not want to underestimate Mbabazi’s political clout by ignoring his presidential ambitions or risk Museveni’s hold on power by pushing the Secretary General into the opposition.

After shutting down National Bank of Commerce where Mbabazi was among the major shareholders, it was said the Premier’s financial clout had suffered a huge blow.

Observers say it is likely that before Mbabazi is kicked out of cabinet, his huge spy network and security machinery will be neutralised.

The same happened to the late Gen James Kazini after being dethroned as army commander.

The better part of all his loyalists including Colonels Potel Kivuna and Sula Semakula were either arrested or put on leave which is commonly referred to as ‘katebe’.

However, dismantling Mbabazi’s structures will be a hard nut to crack. Mbabazi served as head of ESO, Security and Defence Ministries which of course granted him a wealth of contacts throughout all security agencies.

Security also fears some officials loyal to Mbabazi could rebel thus plunging the nation into political turmoil.


Interestingly, sources say, Mbabazi’s clout especially in armed forces in overestimated.

“When you look around, all top officials who worked closely with Mbabazi during his reign as defence and security minister, are no more. Look around; ISO boss, Dr Makumbi was kicked out. Gen David Sejusa is no longer coordinator of intelligence organs. Gen Aronda Nyakairima was removed from leadership of the army. Which support does Mbabazi have in security organs? You journalists are just excited by Mbabazi’s previous appointments but things have changed in a very short time.”

The source further explained that the emergence of the Special Forces Command and well-facilitated intelligence network under Gen Kale Kayihura are enough to stop Mbabazi from using state structures or agents to rise to Presidency.

“During the 2011 elections, Mbabazi did not want to campaign. Security people were busy in his constituency flashing money and intimidating voters. He came at the last hour and won. But I am sure if state institutions especially security were restrained from supporting Mbabazi’s MP big in Kanungu, he would definitely lose. What has Mbabazi ever done for Kanungu? In the town, we only have a single road with tarmac; hospitals are hospitalised in intensive care and people are poorer.”

Chimp Intelligence Unit 

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