KAMPALA – Parliament is set to vet the Vice President and Prime Minister appointees Jessica Alupo and Robinah Nabbanja respectively on Monday, June 14.
Alupo, the former education minister and Nabbanja, the former state minister for health in charge of general duties were appointed by President Museveni to replace Edward Ssekandi and Dr Ruhakana Rugunda respectively.
According to the appointing authority, the duo is the best choice to advance his vision for the country.
Nabbanja will be deputized by the former Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga as the 1st Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Community Affairs.
Despite criticism from a section of the public about her appointment and that of other women, Nabbanja says they should be treated as those who can make a meaningful contribution to the development of Uganda.
While the Vice President has limited participation in the day-to-day running of the affairs of the state the prime minister is expected to coordinate the implementation of government programs across the country.
Nabbanja served as a District Councillor, representing Nkooko Sub-County, in what was Kibaale District at the time, from 1998 until 2001.
During that period, she concurrently served as the Secretary for Health, Gender and Community Services for the district.
For 10 years (2001–2010) she served as a Resident District Commissioner in the districts of Pallisa, Busia and Budaka, before joining elective politics in 2011, when she successfully contested for Kibaale District Woman Representative in the 9th Parliament (2011–2016).
When Kakumiro District was created in 2016, she successfully contested for the Woman Representative seat for the new district. She is currently the Woman MP for Kakumiro District, having won re- election for the same seat in the January 2021 elections.
During her time in Parliament, she served as Treasurer of the NRM Caucus ( 2011-2016), and as a Parliamentary Commissioner (2016-2019).
Nabbanja Robinah is currently a first year Masters student of Monitoring and Evaluation at Nkumba University, Kampala Campus.