Thursday, May 25, 2006
Shadow DP Health Minister praises sacking of Health Bosses
In his first official briefing as Shadow DP Minister for Health and Human Services, Dr. Bayigga Lulume has commended the sacking of Health Ministers, Jim Muhwezi, Dr. Robert Kamugisha (Primary Health Care) and Capt. Mike Mukula (General Duties). Dr. Bayigga noted that their testimony at the GF Inquiry showed how detached the ministerial team was from the welfare of the common man, an environment that encouraged plunder of GF funds. All 3 were at the center of the controversial Global Fund scandal that misappropriated more than $200 million. General Muhwezi, a long time protege of President Museveni who took some directives from the President and his wife, Ruhama MP Janet Museveni was promised a new posting if the Global Fund report now being drafted absolved him of blame. Rukungiri district home to both Muhwezi and FDC President Kizza Besigye has another MP Paula Turyahikayo (Rubabo) on the list of those likely to be recommended for prosecution. Cpt Mukula is being lined up for posting as High Commissioner to the UK according to the Uganda Weekly Observer, while Dr. Kamugisha a former CA candidate (Rujumbura) (1994) and former High Commissioner to Kenya is retiring from active politics.