KAMPALA – President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has urged his NRM party caucus in Parliament to unanimously back him to further increase the number of ministers from 79 to 80.
The constitution only allows 21 ministers and 21 state minister but gives the President a room to increase this number with the approval of Parliament.
While addressing the party caucus sitting at Kololo on Sunday, Museveni that he would soon present his list of 80 ministers both cabinet and state.
This means that the taxpayers have to further dig into pockets to sustain the highly paid and facilitated ministers.
Museveni also asked these to back his choice of candidate for the positions of Vice President and Prime Minister once tabled before the House.
On the Speakership race, the NRM national chairman congratulated Members of Parliament for showing solidarity while voting for Jacob Oulanyah and Anitah Among as Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively two weeks ago.
According to Museveni, party politics is all about compromise, adding that moving alone distorts the NRM ideology.
He assured MPs that nobody shall be vindicated or harassed for having supported a different candidate.
Earlier, the party Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba asked MPs to fill expression of interest forms for positions on different committees of Parliament.