President Museveni gives Cabinet Ministers Last Luncheon Treat
President Museveni together with the First Lady, Janet Museveni hosted cabinet Ministers to a luncheon yesterday at State House Entebbe.
This was shortly after the weekly Cabinet meeting.
Mr. Museveni applauded the Cabinet on behalf of National Resistance Movement for the service rendered in the five years of their service.
Museveni will next week, on May 12, be sworn in for the sixth term as an elected President. His current term expires on the same day, May 12.
According to a statement issued by State House last evening, 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.
Acknowledging that the pandemic rolled back some of the economic gains the country had made, the President urged the Cabinet members not to underrate their performance.
He said that the population had grown from 41 million people in 2016 to 46 million people in 2021.
President Museveni said before the coronavirus pandemic hit, the National GDP was growing at the rate of 6.4%, and the GDP per capita should have reached $1,000 but now it stands at $900.
Museveni said the Cabinet was able to work collectively as a team and worked so excellently.
The Minister for Presidency, Esther Mbayo, thanked the ministers for their resilience, hard work 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 under the very challenging COVID-19 situation, saying it had 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.
Several ministers are scheduled, starting today, to present their ministries’ achievements as part of the ‘Manifesto Week’.
President Museveni is expected to name a new Cabinet after being sworn-in next week.
The outgoing Cabinet includes 31 senior ministers and 49 ministers of state. A number of ministers are ex-officio Members of Parliament.