Accompanied by her brother, Hajj Kalifa Kanyike, and other close family members, Kanyike swore an oath of allegiance and secrecy administered by the head of Public Service, John Mitala.

Kanyike sworn in as minister for elderly and disabled

President Museveni interacting with Kanyike, who was accompanied by her family members, shortly after the swearing-in ceremony at State House, Entebbe

Accompanied by her brother, Hajj Kalifa Kanyike, and other close family members, Kanyike swore an oath of allegiance and secrecy administered by the head of Public Service, John Mitala.

President has said the National Resistance Movement (NRM) is determined to bring all serious political players together for the unity of Uganda and Africa.

The President made the remarks during the swearing-in of Sarah Kanyike as the State Minister for the Elderly and Disabled at State House, Entebbe.

“I am happy to see that Sarah Kanyike has responded to our strategy. You are most welcome to support our strategy of maximising unity and minimising divisions,” President Museveni said.

Kanyike was a member of the Democratic Party (DP), who, until elevation to Cabinet, had served as Kampala’s Deputy Lord Mayor.

She was approved as minister by Parliament on July 28. Accompanied by her brother, Hajj Kalifa Kanyike, and other close family members, Kanyike swore an oath of allegiance and secrecy administered by the head of Public Service, John Mitala.

President Museveni also expressed sympathy for Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago after his deputy at City Hall joined the Government.

“I want to sympathise with my son, Lukwago, because he almost got a heart attack. I am very sorry for him because I captured a big fish from my old party, DP,” Museveni said.

Going down memory lane, Museveni recalled how, after former President Idi Amin’s defeat in 1979, they formed the Uganda National Liberation Front (UNLF) at Moshi to unite the country from the fragmentation created by Amin.

“We said let us come together and defeat divisions. We then formed UNLF. I am happy to welcome our people who have been insisting on fragmentation, instead of unity. What we need now is maximum unity,” the President said.

He also celebrated other leaders who have embraced this unity, such as ministers Betty Amongi, Beti Kamya, Nakiwala Kiyingi, Beatrice Anywar, and Maria Mutagamba (RIP).

“This is the strategy of NRM — to bring stability in your country,” Museveni said.

Present were Minister for Public Service, Muruli Mukasa, Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa, and State Minister for Youth Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, among others.

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