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12:30pm: Outgoing Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has officially handed over office to his successor  Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda at a function held in Kampala on Monday.

In his speech, information pills Mbabazi applauded the appointing officer for entrusting him with the position of Prime Minister and leader of government business in parliament which he said was a big achievement as it helped him serve the country.

“My job here is simply handing over office to the rightful occupant but though I have spent a small time in office, I gave it all I could to serve the country and indeed I am happy.”

“I wish my brother success in the new office and I will always be available anytime to fill him in case of any support required but I have no doubt he is capable, ”Mbabazi explained.

Rugunda and Mbabazi in a chat during the handover ceremony
Rugunda and Mbabazi in a chat during the handover ceremony

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The outgoing premier explained that he will still serve the country as a Member of Parliament for Kinkizi West and NRM Secretary General.

“I will continue executing my duties as a member of parliament. I am still the Secretary General for NRM and will continue my duties and render whatever service my countrymen think I am capable of doing.”

When tasked to comment on reports about his presidential ambitions, Mbabazi said,” I don’t want to say anything that will overshadow the purpose of this function.”


In his welcoming remarks Dr. Rugunda said the action of handing over office peacefully by the outgoing premier was a good gesture for the country and applauded him for serving the country diligently as leader of government business.

Mbabazi, who this time round didn’t put on a yellow necktie as his custom, said he had put on many yellow neckties and therefore had to change once in a while.

Mbabazi welcoming Rugunda to his new office in Kampala on Monday (OPM photo)
Mbabazi welcoming Rugunda to his new office in Kampala on Monday

Rugunda however called for continuity and togetherness among all ministries which he stressed would help government move in the right direction in terms of service delivery.

“We must bring all ministries together as they complement each other. We should desist from tendencies like corruption because whenever they take place, it stagnates service delivery throughout the country,” he warned.

The premier therefore noted that government will focus on service delivery and job creation in terms of agriculture and infrastructural development which he said would lead the country to another level.

The function was attended by among others ministers Tarsis Kabwegyere, Hillary Onek and Musa Ecweru.

Mbabazi bidding farewell to OPM staff
Mbabazi bidding farewell to OPM staff


10:00am: The transition of power is underway at the Office of Prime Minister with Dr Ruhakana Rugunda taking over from his childhood friend, Amama Mbabazi.

At the function, Chimp Corp Kenneth Kazibwe says the mood is tense though Mbabazi is trying to paint a picture of someone ready to move on after a humiliating sacking by his boss, President Museveni.

Mbabazi, who is thought to be nursing presidential ambitions and has reportedly been covertly mobilising for support at the grassroot levels and in the Diaspora, was fired in September.

Mbabazi handing over office to Dr Rugunda
Mbabazi handing over office to Dr Rugunda

This followed a huge power struggle within the ruling party, with Mbabazi making controversial statements ahead of the 2016 elections.

It remains unclear if Mbabazi will decide to take a low profile and concentrate on his work as NRM Secretary General and MP Kinkiizi West or will risk taking a shot for the highest political office in the land.

Rugunda takes over at a time when government is struggling to rebuild confidence among donors after Shs50bn of donor support funds was stolen during Mbabazi’s reign.

Rugunda maintains he will fight corruption and facilitate proper service delivery.

The new premier will be chairing Cabinet meetings as the President and his Vice rarely attend the sessions.
A dark cloud hovers over Uganda Christian University as the institution mourns the death of a student whose precious life was cut short in a fatal accident on Saturday night.

In a statement issued Monday, health the campus “with deep sorrow announces the death of Babirye Rebecca( EJ14B15/104) a student of BSWSA 1.”

Baibirye died on spot after the boda boda she was riding on was involved in an accident on at Kigunga – Seeta.

The University said burial would take place Monday at Gayaza at 1:00pm.

It is reported Baibirye was going out to meet friends.

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