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Museveni sacks Prime Minister in cabinet reshuffle

19 September 2014, 16:20 Godfrey Olukya

Nairobi - Uganda's President, Yoweri Museveni on Friday made a reshuffle in which he dropped his long time right hand man and colleague, Amama Mbabazi from the office of the Prime Minister.

Amama Mbabazi has been Prime Minister of Uganda since 2011. Before becoming prime minster he served as Minister for Defence and Security.

A statement issued  by state house and signed by President Museveni addressing the Speaker of Parliament said, ''By virtue of the powers vested in the President of the republic of Uganda by article 108(1) of the Constitution of the republic of Uganda, I have with immediate effect decided to appoint Dr Ruhakana Rugunda as the new Prime Minister of Uganda.''

He added that he was forwarding the names and curriculum vitae of Dr Ruhakana Rugunda to the Speaker for Parliamentary approval.

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Presidential Press Secretary, Tamale Mirundi confirmed that Mbabazi is the new Prime Minister. He said on phone (to this reporter) that Mbabazi is no longer the Prime Minister.

"Ruhakana Rugunda is now the Prime Minister. I will be sending you the full list of the cabinet reshuffle soon," he added.

To some Ugandans, the dropping of Mbabazi was expected as he had indirectly started showing signs of challenging Museveni in the 2016 elections.

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''Mbabazi and his wife have of recent shown interest in the Presidential seat. They have been reportedly mobilizing some youths to front Mbabazi as a candidate in the 2016 elections. I am not surprised that he has been dropped,'' said 65-year-old veteran politician, Alex Owani.

Last week, police arrested several youths wearing T-Shirts with Mbabazi's photo claiming they wanted him to replace Museveni as party leader.

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