Two Years In, Museveni's "Fishermen & Women" Cabinet Faces Scrutiny

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Two Years In, Museveni's "Fishermen & Women" Cabinet Faces Scrutiny
Museveni is expected to drop ministers Kitutu (top-right) and Lugoloobi

Halfway through President Museveni's sixth term, his 2021 promise to prioritize agriculture, ICT, industry, and services through a "cabinet of fishermen and women" faces public scrutiny. While the administration touts achievements, critics raise concerns about power concentration, corruption, and limited progress.

Critics allege the cabinet, seen as lacking expertise, has entrenched presidential power, stifled democracy, and overseen corruption like the "iron sheets scandal."

The government defends its anti-corruption stance and highlights transparency in revealing the scandal.

Despite criticism, some acknowledge positive developments like economic recovery and maintained peace.

Scrutinizing Performance:

Two years into Museveni's term, questions regarding the "fishermen and women" cabinet's effectiveness abound. Critics, including politicians, observers, and academics, paint a concerning picture:

 They accuse the presidency of hoarding power, weakening democracy, and shrinking civic space for opposition and civil society.

The "iron sheets scandal" fuels allegations of widespread corruption, with critics arguing it exemplifies a culture of self-enrichment within the administration.

Despite promises, many lack evidence of tangible progress in agriculture, ICT, industry, and services.

Government Counters:

ICT Minister Baryomunsi counters, emphasizing the government's zero-tolerance policy on corruption and highlighting their transparency in revealing the "iron sheets scandal." He argues against downplaying the issue, attributing media attention to its prominence.

While the government defends its record, opposition figures and observers remain unconvinced. They view the scandal as stark proof of systemic corruption and criticize attempts to downplay its significance.

Amidst the scrutiny, some acknowledge positive developments, including Signs of economic recovery are present despite the COVID-19 pandemic's impact,  relative peace and stability are maintained, despite ongoing challenges from the ADF rebel group.

Looking Ahead:

As Museveni's term progresses, key questions remain:

Can the administration effectively address concerns about power concentration, corruption, and limited progress?

Will the "fishermen and women" cabinet deliver on its promises in agriculture, ICT, industry, and services?

How will the government navigate continued criticism and ensure transparency and accountability?

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