Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, is set to announce his new cabinet any time from today, The Observer has learnt.
Sources said the king would shuffle his ministers today or sometime next week. It had been expected that Kabaka Mutebi would only replace outgoing Katikkiro (prime minister) JB Walusimbi; but it is now understood that an overhaul is imminent. The last such reshuffle came in 2008. Mutebi sacked outspoken premier Dan Muliika, and replaced him with Emmanuel Ssendawula, before eventually appointing Walusimbi.
The Observer recently reported that Information Minister Charles Peter Mayiga was set to become the new Katikkiro, and that remains the case. Mayiga, whose diplomatic skills and popularity among Baganda is known to have long impressed the kabaka, was on Tuesday holed up in a lengthy meeting with the Private Secretary to Katikkiro, William Nagagga, where the agenda was suspected to be the new appointment.
Mayiga has, however, denied having any knowledge of the said appointment or the cabinet reshuffle. “I am only a servant of Kabaka. So, those issues of appointing the Katikkiro are above me,” he told us in a phone interview on Tuesday.
Although Walusimbi’s departure has long been on the cards, it comes at an alltime low in relations between king and premier, with the two hardly talking. Eyebrows have been raised at the katikkiro’s unexplained absence at the last three official kingdom functions, including Prince David Wasajja’s wedding last month.