Rukungiri. The new minister for Information and National Guidance, Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi, has said the years he spent out of Cabinet shows that he is a patient cadre.
Speaking during his welcome party in Rukungiri Town last Friday, Maj Gen Muhwezi told supporters that he has been patient enough to be trusted by the President.
“Being a proper cadre means you are tested and approved. I am steady. Otherwise, if you give this office to someone who is messy, things go wrong. But he (President Museveni) knows even if they throw me wherever, I remain a cadre,” Gen Muhwezi said.
He was reacting to speeches by the district chairperson, Mr Charles Byabakama, and deputy Resident District Commissioner Dennis Nzeirwe, who said his appointment was long overdue.
“I want to thank the President for loving you people of Rujumbura and Rukungiri, I know it’s not about me but you he has loved, and this office he has given me is yours. And for giving me Information and National Guidance, I am very happy,” Gen Muhwezi said.
He added: “To give you this job for information means two things that you know how to take care of information and how to use it well, and national guidance. That it’s you who understands the working of government and can easily guide others.”
Hundreds of supporters riding motorcycles and others driving in cars welcomed Gen Muhwezi at Kahengye Bridge on the border with Ntungamo District.
They had to wait for him for more than five hours, braving the rain until at about 7:52pm when he finally arrived.
The Rujumbura MP was first appointed minister of state for Primary Education in 1997 before being censured over corruption allegations. He was later reappointed minister for Health in 2006 but later dropped after being implicated in misuse and loss of funds for immunisation, HIV and tuberculosis. He was arrested and tried but later exonerated of the charges.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor