The Vice President, Maj (Rtd) Jessica Alupo, has asked new Cabinet ministers to stick to the five pillars which President Museveni outlined for this term when they assumed office in June.
The pillars include cohesion, no corruption, patriotism, East African integration and service delivery.
Speaking at the opening of the induction for Cabinet members at Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala yesterday, Ms Alupo urged ministers to expeditiously execute the strategic directives.
“We should put kin interest on all service delivery programmes to our people, and ensure import substitution and export promotion, give priority to industrialisation, and promote the private sector as this will help us strengthen our economy but also create jobs for our people,’’ she said.
The Vice President also tasked ministers to always furnish the public with government policies, especially flagship programmes such as the Universal Primary Education, Universal Secondary Education, parish development model , Emyooga, and health programmes, among others.
While officiating at the budget reading in June, President Museveni compared his choice of selection of ministers to Jesus Christ whom he said did not go for intellectuals such as Pharisees, Sadducees or the Levites but chose to work with the fishermen.
Mr Museveni said he appointed the ministers after a thorough assessment of their abilities.
He tasked them to prioritise service delivery and popularise government programmes.
Ms Alupo warned the ministers against leaking Cabinet documents and resolutions, saying such an act undermines Cabinet.
Government Chief Whip Thomas Tayebwa asked ministers to prioritise Cabinet resolutions against their individual interests.
“Cabinet resolutions supersedes individual interests and this means that once we pass a resolution as Cabinet, we must all support it. For instance, there are cases where some minister stands on the floor of Parliament to contradict what Cabinet resolved. This is very wrong. If you can’t defend Cabinet resolutions in Parliament, then it means you don’t know your role,’’ he said.
The Prime Minister, Ms Robinah Nabbanja, said ministers should learn to brand the country by promoting government programmes.
“We should aim at marketing what we do as a country and explain government programmes both locally and internationally. We have achieved a lot as a country and we must let the world know of such achievements. We need to continuously popularise all our programmes and defend government rather than attacking it,’’ she said.
Ms Jessica Alupo said the new ministers need to work together, including technocrats in their ministries, be accountable for their actions, and stick to the already established policies while executing duties to achieve the government’s target.
“Find a way at all times to have your sectors in parliamentary sessions, monthly top management meetings are a must as this will build a strong cohesion spirit and teamwork, internalise NDP III and the NRM manifesto, and ensure that resources allocated to your sector are deployed to do what you planned for," she said.