By Simon Abaho
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has appointed the Minister for Public Service Muruuli Mukasa to carry out the duties of the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs.
While announcing a new cabinet last year President Museveni did not fill the docket of the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs and it has remained vacant ever since then.
In a letter dated 13th January 2022, which is addressed to the Prime Minister Rt Hon Robinna Nabbanja, President Museveni said that since he never appointed a substantive minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, he was giving Minister Muruuli Mukasa additional duties to be responsible for the Ministry.
The letter to the Prime Minister was copied to the Vice President Major Jessica Alupo, Minister Muruuli Mukasa and the Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka.
The Minister for Public Service, Hon Wilson Muruli Mukasa, took oaths of allegiance and for Member of Parliament at a plenary sitting on Tuesday, 3 August 2021.
Parliament rules provide that Ex Officio Members (are not elected MPs) take oaths of allegiance and for Member of Parliament prior to taking a seat in the House.
Muruli Mukasa was re-appointed to Cabinet by President Yoweri Museveni in June 2021. He served in the same portfolio during the 10th Parliament in which he represented Budyebo County, Nakasongola district.
This appointment will be additional duty to the 70 year old minister who is already a minister of Public service.