President Dissolves Cabinet, “We have worked Collectively”
STATE HOUSE, ENTEBBE: President Yoweri Museveni has today formally marked the end of 2016-2021 cabinet business and formally dissolved cabinet at a ceremony held at State House Entebbe.
“On behalf of NRM and government, I thank you collectively and individually for serving your country for the last five years,” he said at a luncheon hosted by the President and the First Lady shortly after ending cabinet business.
The President commended the outgoing cabinet for being excellent in the execution of their work in driving Uganda’s economy towards a middle-income status despite the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.
Acknowledging that the COVID-19 pandemic rolled back some of the economic gains the country had made, the president said urged the former cabinet members not to underrate their performance.
“Tutegaya! Let us not underrate our work in the last five years of business in government. If corona virus had not invaded the country, the country was nearing the gate of a middle-income status. So don't underrate our work”, he said adding that by checking on population figure the population grew from 41 million people in 2016 to 46 million people in 2021.
President Museveni said that before corona virus pandemic hit, the National GDP rate was growing at the rate of 6.4%, and the GDP per capita should have reached $1000 USD per person but now it stands at $900 USD per capita.
Mr. Museveni saluted the outgoing cabinet ministers for working as a team.
“We have done the best and worked collectively. Somehow, we have been able to come together at a crucial moment. I wish everyone in participation good luck. I bear everyone in mind as comrades,” said Museveni.
The Minister for Presidency Esther Mbayo thanked the former ministers them for their resilience, hardworking and a duty well done.
Passing a vote of thanks to the President, the Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa thanked him for being an exemplary mentor especially leadership especially under the very challenging Covid-19 situation, saying it has made everyone stronger and wiser because ‘we have to survive as a nation.’
She applauded President Museveni for making Ugandans strategic thinkers in challenging situations.