You do not need another minister to create an independent electoral commission. We have anelectoral commission mandated under Article 61 of our Constitution to organise and conduct civiceducation. The trouble has been with you, the Executive; you have not facilitated the ElectoralCommission to do its work as provided by law. Instead, you go ahead and even compromise theElectoral Commission. That is why you have been to the Supreme Court twice and they have saidthat the elections were not free and fair. So, why do you think that bringing in another ministerwill 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 thepatronage. You go on patronising small communities towards elections so that they say, “In ourvillage, we have the Minister of State for East African Affairs, so we should vote for them”. Thatis 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 onelectoral reforms, you want all of us on the Back Bench to keep wondering whether they willappoint 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 thiscountry the burden of additional ministers. Actually, what we should be discussing this afternoonis how to reduce this size of the Cabinet. At one time the President was quoted to have said thatministers are not working, that they are lazy and letting him down. So, we should reduce the sizeof the Cabinet instead of creating an additional burden to the taxpayers of Uganda. Thank you,Mr Speaker.3.22PROF. WILLY ANOKBONGGO (UPC, Kwania County, Apac):Thank you, Mr Speaker. Iwould 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 notneed the number of ministers we have today. All of us came or have come from rural areas of thiscountry. We all know the level of poverty of the ordinary Ugandan in this country. I think weshould not sit in this air-conditioned hall and make decisions, which negatively affect the peopleof Uganda. Mr Speaker, I would like to tell the Rt Hon. Prime Minister that efficiency does not depend onnumbers 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.
We have ministries which are there and I do not know what they are doing, but they could havebeen amalgamated to form one ministry. Why do we have the Ministry of Information andNational Guidance, for example, and the Ministry of Ethics and Integrity as two differentministries? Why should we have a minister without portfolio in the midst of the poverty we havein this country? Let us not deceive ourselves that Uganda is a rich country; it is not.