KAMPALA – Igara West MP, who is also the newly appointed minister for local government Raphael Magyezi has brushed off critics that his appointment was a reward for the recently passed age limit bill, saying that he is experienced enough to carry on the new office that the critics were only unfair to his 20-year political experience.
Speaking to media hours to his vetting on Friday, January 3, Magyezi said that he qualifies for the minster because he has served as a chairperson of the committee of local government in parliament.
“If it’s only a reward for the bill, then it means without the bill Magyezi does not qualify to be a minister that is not proper. I have served as a chairperson of the committee of local government here in parliament, so I qualify with or without the bill on age limit. That age limit I did my part, good enough it passed, it could have failed,” he said.
In a December cabinet reshuffle by president Museveni, the MP for Igara West was elevated to the cabinet position to replace Tom Butime.
On December 14, 2019, President Museveni announced cabinet reshuffle and included new faces of MPs Raphael Magyezi (Igara West), Judith Nabakooba (Mityana Woman), Dennis Hamson Obua (Ajuri), Beatrice Anywar (Kitgum Woman), Robinah Nabbanja (Kibale Woman) and Jackson Kafuuzi (Kyaaka South).
Also on the list was the President’s Principal Private Secretary Molly Kamukama and Peter Ogwang.