Legislators on the Parliamentary vetting committee on Monday rejected Presidential nominee, Tarsis Kabwegyere on grounds that he among others opposed the passing of the gender sensitive Domestic Relations Bill, now the Marriage and Divorce Bill into law.
Prof Kabwegyere’s appointment as minister for Gender now stands in suspense pending further investigations by the Parliamentary Appointments committee that approved other ministers who included; Frank Tumwebaze, (Minister for Presidency), Richard Twodwong, (Minister without portfolio), Earnest Kiiza, [State Minister for Bunyoro Affairs], Sarah Kataike, state minister for Health general duties state minister for urban planning and Gabriel Ajedra, the state minister for Investment.
Kabwegyere, who appeared before the committee chaired by Speaker Ms Rebecca Kadaga at around 2pm, wasn’t even given the opportunity to present his credentials to the committee.
He was instead told that he returns after four days until the committee consults with the President, his appointing authority.
“That the old dozing minister was not even give a single minutes by the committee has been the best news for me today, for the week and for this month,” said Mr Barnabas Tinkasimiire [NRM, Buyaga]. “It has shown that the ninth parliament is looking for young ministers like us the Tinkasimire’s and not those wretched guys.”
Asked why he had been asked to leave, Prof Kabwegyere said he has no control over the powers entrusted in the vetting committee.
“I was invited and told that the committee is going to have some consultations with the President. They said they will call me back in four days,” he told Daily Monitor after the interview.
A source that attended the committee that did not want to be named as the committee is closed to press however told this Newspaper that they received a petition, yesterday, from the women fraternity who are opposed to his appointment saying he is not fit for the docket.
“He was also faulted in the petition as one who supplied the people of northern Uganda with fake pangas and sickles,” said the source.
By press time, the fate of Ms Ida Nantaba, who has a petition contesting her Curriculum Vitae academic testimonials, was not known.
The other minister who had not been vetted is Mr Shem Bagaine