President Yoweri Museveni has joked that Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago almost collapsed with a heart attack on realizing he (Museveni) had ‘snatched his deputy Sarah Kanyike.
Museveni who was witnesses the swearing on of Sarah Kanyike as the minister for the elderly and people with disabilities on Monday claimed that his move to appoint the former staunch Democratic supporter was on the basis of “Unity to solve Uganda’s problems.”
“I want to congratulate Sarah upon being appointed to the high office of State Minister of Gender, Labour, and Social Development. I want to express my sympathy to my son Lukwago who almost got a heart attack because I captured a big fish from my old party the DP,” Museveni joked.
“I would like to advise all the decent politicians who have a burden to help their people to rally with the NRM. I am happy to welcome our people who have been insisting on separation rather than unity. Uganda needs unity more than breakaway factions,” he added.
He tipped Kanyike to endeavor to solve problems of the ruling government.
“This is a strategy to bring all the serious elements together, around a program of unity for Uganda and Africa so that we can solve our problems, I welcome Sarah in this endeavor of unity to solve our problems.”
Museveni had initially appointed Kanyike as director gender, community service and production in the new changes at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) announced in June.
However, Lukwago days later gave Kanyike a three-day ultimatum to either take President Museveni’s offer or reject it.
Lukwago later confirmed that he had advised Kanyike not to take up this job.