Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has given his wife the coveted education and sports ministry in surprise cabinet appointments announced Monday.
Janet Museveni will now be in charge of one of the ministries that reportedly gobble the largest chunks of Uganda’s annual budget.
The other surprise in the new Uganda cabinet is Betty Kamya, president of opposition Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA) and former challenger to the veteran leader. She was named minister for Kampala, the Daily Monitor reports.
In the new line-up, Museveni reappointed his Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi and Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda. He also retained Matia Kasaija and Irene Muloni as the important finance and energy ministers, respectively.
President Museveni, 71, has ruled Uganda for 30 years. He was declared winner of the February presidential election with 60 per cent of the vote and sworn in for a new term on May 12.
Tensions have been high since the election after the main rival Kizza Besigye rejected the results. He called the election a sham, citing widespread rigging, intimidation by security forces and use of state funds to bribe voters.
Besigye has been in detention since May 13, when he was charged with treason after a mock ceremony in which his party said he had been sworn in as Uganda’s president.