You do not need another minister to create an independent electoral commission

You do not need another minister to create an

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You do not need another minister to create an independent electoral commission. We have an electoral commission mandated under Article 61 of our Constitution to organise and conduct civic education. The trouble has been with you, the Executive; you have not facilitated the Electoral Commission to do its work as provided by law. Instead, you go ahead and even compromise the Electoral Commission. That is why you have been to the Supreme Court twice and they have said that the elections were not free and fair. So, why do you think that bringing in another minister will solve those problems? This argument is very diversionary. I know that you want to create another two slots in the Cabinet so that you can increase the patronage. You go on patronising small communities towards elections so that they say, “In our village, we have the Minister of State for East African Affairs, so we should vote for them”. That is what you want to do. (Laughter) On the other hand, you want to keep us on our toes. As we go towards this critical debate on electoral reforms, you want all of us on the Back Bench to keep wondering whether they will appoint us to Cabinet. You want us to sit back and speculate: “If I say this, will they appoint me? If I say this, they will not appoint me”. That is the motive, Mr Speaker. (Laughter) So we very sincerely oppose this and I hope my colleagues from the NRM will help save this country the burden of additional ministers. Actually, what we should be discussing this afternoon is how to reduce this size of the Cabinet. At one time the President was quoted to have said that ministers are not working, that they are lazy and letting him down. So, we should reduce the size of the Cabinet instead of creating an additional burden to the taxpayers of Uganda. Thank you, Mr Speaker. 3.22 PROF. WILLY ANOKBONGGO (UPC, Kwania County, Apac): Thank you, Mr Speaker. I would like to thank the Prime Minister for presenting this request. I would like to submit that it was a mistake for Parliament to violate the Constitution. We do not need the number of ministers we have today. All of us came or have come from rural areas of this country. We all know the level of poverty of the ordinary Ugandan in this country. I think we should not sit in this air-conditioned hall and make decisions, which negatively affect the people of Uganda. Mr Speaker, I would like to tell the Rt Hon. Prime Minister that efficiency does not depend on numbers otherwise all countries would have moved to have several heads of state for efficiency. ( Laughter ) So, let us not dwell on numbers to effect efficiency.
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We have ministries which are there and I do not know what they are doing, but they could have been amalgamated to form one ministry. Why do we have the Ministry of Information and National Guidance, for example, and the Ministry of Ethics and Integrity as two different ministries? Why should we have a minister without portfolio in the midst of the poverty we have in this country? Let us not deceive ourselves that Uganda is a rich country; it is not.
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