Norbert Mao takes oath as Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs
Norbert Mao takes oath as Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

Norbert Mao, the Democratic Party (DP) president, has been sworn in as the new Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

The Democratic Party (DP) president Norbert Mao has been sworn in as the new Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs. 

Mao took oath for his new position in a function presided over by President Museveni. Also present was Ms. Beatrice Akello who was also sworn in as the Minister of State for Economic Monitoring.

Speaking shortly, President Museveni commended the two recruits. He said they are coming with vast experience after years of serving the country in different angles.

“I congratulate Mr Norbert Mao upon taking the oath of office as the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs. Your vast leadership experience will be instrumental in the unity we seek as a country and the solutions we desire for our people. Apwoyo bino,” Museveni said.

“I congratulate Ms Beatrice Akello upon taking the oath of office as the Minister of State for Economic Monitoring. Ms Akello was one of my most hardworking RDCs and she did a very good job. She was one of the most successful RDCs in managing her district. Congratulations.”

Norbert Mao Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs

Museveni in addition said the situation with Mao is not different from what has been happening in the past. 

He recalled in 1979 when Uganda National Liberation Front (UNLF) a political group which exiled Ugandans formed as opposed to the rule of Idi Amin, it had the same ideas but it broke up creating another season of fighting but when the NRA came in 1986, it formed resistance councils and people joined on a none tribal base. 

”He said the broad-based government in 1986 helped achieve peace. All these were mistakes of not achieving broad unity. They fragmented the people. That was the first attempt by UNC but it didn’t succeed,” he said.

Museveni further said with the agitation of multi-party politics, there were people who departed the party but NRM had already built a strong base to keep them moving.

“We didn’t want to be harassed by those who wanted to leave. We said Mubaleke bagende, but the majority stayed. NRM attempt had succeeded two-thirds to keep Uganda together,” Museveni added.

He, however, raised that a number of them are beginning to return.

“My job is to bring them back. I am glad that some people have come back including Betty Kamya, Jimmy Akena ad now Mao. It is a deliberate effort to unite and solve the problems of Uganda because we all have the same problems like improving roads, water, education security etc. The only difference is the opportunist politicians who don’t want to see a stable country,” Museveni raised.

Meanwhile, the Ministers will be inducted into the Public Service on Thursday, July 28 before officially taking up their respective offices.