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Africa News of Monday, 21 June 2021


Uganda prez swears in First Lady as new Education and Sports minister

Janet Museveni sandwiched by her husband and daughter during the investiture Janet Museveni sandwiched by her husband and daughter during the investiture

Uganda's First Couple were fully represented today, June 21, when President Yoweri Museveni officiated the swearing in of a number of ministers and high ranking government officials.

The president administered the oath of office to First Lady Janet Museveni as Minister of Education and Sports.

Museveni on June 8, 2021 announced his new ministerial list of 30 substantive ministers and 51 deputies.

Janet was one of the women appointees who retained their portfolios in the announcement following which she appeared virtually before parliament for her vetting a week ago.

Today's swearing in took place at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds in the capital Kampala.

Who is Janet Museveni?

Full name / age: Janet Kataaha Museveni/ 73 years old

Mandate: First Lady since 29 January 1986

Profession: Teacher by profession, politician by practice

Politics: Has served as an MP,and is currently a cabinet minister in charge of education and sports, post she held in 2016

Advocacy: Founded an NGO dedicated to supporting children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, and also champions causes for the youth, women and children.

Family: Wife to president Yoweri Museveni since August 1973, the couple have four children together.

Janet has consistently supported her husband’s political ambitions, and lived in exile from 1971 until 1979, and again from 1981 until Museveni’s resistance movement captured power in 1986.

In 2005, Janet expressed her ambition to join active politics and won a parliamentary seat in the 2006 general elections. She was re-elected in 2011, but did not seek re-election in 2016.

More about the swearing in

The event also included the swearing-in of a Prime Minister and her deputies as well as the Vice President.

Museveni appointment two women to the positions of Vice-President and Prime Minister.

Jessica Alupo, a former Education minister and retired army Major, is officially the Vice President, the second woman in Uganda's histiry to occupy the post whiles Robinah Nabbanja is the newd Prime Minister i.e. leader of government business in Parliament.

In Uganda, the vice-president is supposed to be the second in command but the role is largely seen as ceremonial given that Museveni is known to have a strong grip on power.