By Ivan Mwine
The Parliamentary Appointments Committee has declined to vet Alice Kaboyo, who was recently appointed by president Yoweri Museveni as Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister for Luwero Triangle-Rwenzori Region.
Kaboyo appeared before the committee on Thursday morning together with other newly appointed ministers for vetting.
However, the committee, chaired by the Deputy Speaker Rt. Hon. Anita Among, refused to endorse Kaboyo for the position, reasoning that she doesn’t have a clean record that makes her fit to hold a public office because of her involvement in the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) corruption scandal, in which billions of donor funds were swindled by government officials.
Our Moles at Parliament reveal that the committee rejected Kaboyo’s appointment basing on the June 2012 incident when the Anti-Corruption Court convicted her, after she pleaded guilty to some of the counts in the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) case.
Kaboyo who was then co-accused with three former Health Ministers Jim Muhwezi, his deputies Mike Mukula and Dr Alex Kamugisha, was sentenced to a fine of Shs20m or serve eight years in prison.
She chose to pay the Shs20m fine, thereby surviving jail, although the scandal left her image and public service record severely tainted.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on June 8th, 2021 appointed several ministers that will form the cabinet in his new government.
However, before they are sworn in, the Constitution mandates Parliament, through its Appointments Committee, to scrutinise the appointed persons by the President into public offices, to ensure that those who don’t qualify for a ministerial position don’t assume office.