President Yoweri Museveni took time off during the presentation of the 2021/22 budget speech to pull the curtain off the process he went through, to come up with his new cabinet for the 2021-2026 term.
Museveni narrated that the selection process was so exhausting that he even forgot one name on the final list.
The cabinet, which came out last Tuesday, has been described as one the most diverse, youngest and most gender balanced in the country.
It has also caught pundits and most Ugandans off-guard with several little-known names.
In his speech, Museveni defended the cabinet for being less experience, saying he was following in the footsteps of Jesus Christs.
He noted that while picking his disciples, Jesus had not opted for the highly educated Pharisees, Sadducees or the Levites, but went for the fishermen.
“Jesus didn’t recruit Pharisees, Sadducees or the Levites but he went for Simon Peter,” he said.
“Of course he also had some intellectuals such as Luke who was a doctor. So when you look at my list, know that I am in the path of Jesus Christ,” Museveni said as the parliament exploded in laughter.
In the compilation process, Museveni said he was “underground, working alone.”
“When compiling the list, you are under a very big threat; this is one of the areas where I don’t need assistance,”
He further revealed that he found himself in a lot of dilemma because he had a large pool of great candidates to pick from, while also bearing in mind fairness and regional balance.
“Many of you are so good, I didn’t know what to do, because there is religion, the tribes the balance…”
By completion, Museveni revealed that he ended up forgetting one name.
“On the shortlist, I had the name of Kabyanga who was a mayor in Kasese, but when I came from underground and called Omona and one of secretaries to type the list, I realised I had forgotten Kabyanga’s name.” he said.
Godgrey Kabyanga had served for two terms, as the Mayor of Kasese Municipality.
Last year he was the NRM flag bearer seeking a third term, but he lost the seat to Forum for Democratic Change’s, Chance Kahindo Sibyavugha, 10,937 to 11,572 votes.
The cabinet list that Museveni announced on Tuesday had an unfilled slot for Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.