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Museveni appoints Alupo VP, FDC’s Ssebugwawo minister



Cabinet Ministers and other Ministers as indicated below:

1. Vice President – Maj Rtd Jessica Alupo 

2. Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business in Parliament – Robinah Nabbanja

3. 1st Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of East African Community Affairs – Rebecca Kadaga

4. 2nd Deputy Prime Minister & Deputy Leader of Government Business in Parliament – Gen Moses Ali

5. 3rd Deputy Prime Minister & Minister without Portfolio – Lukia Nakadama

6. Minister of Education and Sports – Janet Kataha Museveni

7. Minister, Office of the President (Presidency) – Mariam Dhoka Babalanda 

8. Minister, Office of the President (Security) – Jim Muhwezi 

9. Minister, Office of the President Serviced by the State House Comptroller in charge of Science, Technology and Innovation – Dr Monica Musenero

10. Minister for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs Hajati Misi Kabanda

11. Minister, Office of the Prime (General Duties) – Kasule Lumumba

12. Government Chief Whip – Thomas Tayebwa

13. Minister, Office of the Prime (Relief, Disaster Preparedness & Refugees) – Hilary Onek

14. Minister for Karamoja Affairs – Maria Goretti Kitutu

15. Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries – Frank Tumwebaze

16. Attorney-General – Kiryowa Kiwanuka 

17. Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs – Vincent Ssempijja Bamulangaki

18. Minister of Energy and Minerals Development – Ruth Nankabirwa

19. Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development – Matia Kasaija

20. Minister of Foreign Affairs – Jeje Odongo 

21. Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development – Betty Amongi

22. Minister of Health – Dr Jane Ruth Aceng

23. Minister of Information, Communications Technology and National Guidance – Dr Chris Baryomunsi 

24. Minister of Internal Affairs – Kahinda Otafire 

25. Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs – Not filled

26. Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development – Judith Nabakoba

27. Minister of Local Government – Raphael Magyezi

28. Minister of Public Service – Muruulo Mukasa

29. Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities – Tom Butime

30. Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives – Francis Mwebesa

31. Minister of Water and Environment – Cheptoris Mangusho

32. Minister of Works and Transport – Gen Katumba Wamala


Office of the President:

1. Minister of State, Office of the President (Economic Monitoring) – Peter Ogwang

2. Minister of State, Office of the President (Ethics and Integrity)- Rose Akello

Office of the Vice President:

3. Minister of State, Office of the Vice President – Diana Mutasingwa Nankunda

Office of the Prime Minister:

4. Minister of State, Office of The Prime Minister, Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees) – Esther Davinia Anyakun

5. Minister of State Northern Uganda Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny 

6. Minister of State Karamoja – Agnes Nandutu

7. Minister of State Luwero Triangle-Rwenzori Region – Alice Kaboyo

8. Minister of State Bunyoro Affairs – Jennifer Kacha Namyangu

9. Minister of State Teso Affairs – Dr Ongalo Obote

Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries

10. Minister of State Animal Industry and Fisheries (Agriculture) – Fred Bwiino Kyakulaga

11. Minister of State Industry and Fisheries (Animal Industry) – Bright Rwamirama

12. Minister of Animal Industry and Fisheries (Fisheries) – Hellen Adoa 

Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs:

13. Deputy Attorney General – Jackson Kafuuzi

Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs

14. Minister of State for Defence and Veteran Affairs (Defence) – Jacob Markson Oboth Oboth 

15. Minister of State for Defence and Veteran Affairs (Veteran Affairs) – Huda Oleru

Ministry of East African Affairs

16. Minister of State for East African Affairs – Magode Ikuya 

Ministry of Education and Sports

17. Minister of State for Education and Sports (Higher Education) – Dr. John Chrysostom

18. Minister of State for Education and Sports (Primary Education) – Joyce Kaducu

19. Minister of State for Education and Sports (Sports) – Denis Obua

Ministry of Energy and Minerals Development:

20. Minister of State for Energy and Minerals Development (Energy) – Sidronius Opolot Okasai

21. Minister of State for Minerals – Peter Lokeris

Ministry of Finance, Planning & Economic Development:

22. Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development (General Duties) – Henry Musaasizi

23. Minister of State for Planning – Amos Lugoloobi 

24. Minister of State for Privatization and Investment – Evelyn Anite

25. Minister of State for Micro-Finance – Haruna Kasolo

Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

26. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (International Affairs) – Okello Oryem

27. Minister of State for Regional Affairs – John Mulimba

Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development:

28. Minister of State for Gender and Culture – Peace Mutuuzo

29. Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs – Sarah Mateke Nyirabashitsi

30. Minister of State for Employment and Industrial  Relations – Okello Engola

31. Minister of State for Disability Affairs – Hellen Asamo

32. Minister of State for Elderly Affairs – Gidudu Mafaabi

Ministry of Health:

33. Minister of State for General Duties – Kawoya Bangirana

34. Minister of State for Primary Health Care – Margaret Muhaanga 

Ministry of Information Communication Technology and National Guidance:

35. Minister of State for Information, Communication Technology and National Guidance – Joyce Ssebugwawo

Ministry of Internal Affairs:

36. Minister of State for Internal Affairs – Gen David Muhoozi

Ministry of Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs:

37. Minister of State for Kampala –  Kabuye Kyofatogabye

Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development:

38. Minister of State for Housing  – Persis Namuganza

39. Minister of State for Urban Development – Obiga Kania

40. Minister of State for Lands – Sam Mayanja

Ministry of Local Government:

41. Minister of State for Local Government – Victoria Rusoke

Ministry of Public Service:

42. Minister of State for Public Service Grace Mary Mugasa

Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities:

43. Minister of State for Tourism – Martin Mugarra

Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives:

44. Minister of State for Cooperatives – Fredrick Ngobi Gume

45. Minister of State for Industry – David Bahati

46. Minister of State for Trade – Harriet Ntabaazi

Ministry of Water and Environment:

47. Minister of State for Environment – Beatrice Anywar

48. Minister of State for Water – Aisha Ssekindi

Ministry of Works and Transport:

49. Minister of State for Works – Musa Echweru 

50. Minister of State for Transport – Fred Byamukama

Special Envoy:

1. Dr Ruhakana Rugunda special envoy for special duties, office of the president

Senior presidential advisors:

1. Senior Presidential Advisor Industries – Amelia Kyambadde 

2. Senior Presidential Advisor Lands – Betty Kamya 

3. Senior Presidential Advisor Economic and Manifesto Implementation – Prof Ephraim Kamuntu

4. Senior Presidential Advisor Kampala – Sarah Kanyike

5. Senior Presidential Advisor Security – Gen Elly Tumwine

NRM Secretariat:

1. Secretary General Richard Todwong 

2. Deputy Secretary General – Rose Namayanja

3. National Treasurer – Oundo Nekesa

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Trauma and mental health in Gaza | Mental Health




The May 20 ceasefire between the Israeli government and Hamas brought the latest round of conflict in the region to an end and led to a collective sigh of relief from the beleaguered Palestinians of the Gaza Strip.

But the deep wounds the violence opened remain fresh.

Eleven days of Israeli bombardment on the besieged enclave left 256 Palestinians, including 66 children, dead. Nearly 2,000 have been injured. Homes, offices and hospitals have been destroyed.

As the fragile ceasefire appears to hold, those who survived the conflict are once again trying to rebuild their lives. But the damage inflicted during those 11 days was not only physical and material. The mental health of Palestinians in Gaza was also bombarded during those dark days.

Living in fear of the next air attack, the spectre of death looming. Losing loved ones and homes. It is hard to imagine how utterly traumatising their reality has been.

Residents of Gaza have been enduring layer upon layer of trauma for decades. The deadly Israeli onslaughts are the most damaging – four in the last 14 years – but they occur against the background of chronic trauma imposed by the occupation.

Atrocities like the seizure and demolition of homes, oppressive policing, unlawful killings, detention without trial and torture all inflict profound psychological damage. Such perpetual subjugation can destroy self-esteem and leave victims in a state of “learned helplessness” – resigned to their fate and vulnerable to depression.

Israel’s illegal blockade on Gaza also amounts to a psychological stranglehold. The resulting economic deprivation has caused widespread unemployment and poverty – well-recognised risk factors for mental illness – and left health services underfunded, underdeveloped and unable to meet the demand. Each war on Gaza decimates them further – at least six hospitals, two clinics, a health centre and a Palestine Red Crescent Society facility sustained damage this time.

For most other countries, COVID-19 is currently the primary public and mental health concern. In Palestine, it is almost an afterthought, superseded by more dangerous assailants – air attacks and oppression. Nonetheless, more than 110,000 people in Gaza have been infected with the virus thus far, with more than 1,000 deaths. There are only enough doses available to vaccinate 60,200 people in a population of more than 2 million. So pandemic anxiety is also rampant in Gaza, adding to the mental burden.

All this turmoil translates to actual mental illness. In Gaza, rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which features disrupted sleep, feeling permanently on edge and easily startled, flashbacks and nightmares of the trauma and emotional numbing – are incredibly high. A 2017 study found 37 percent of the adults living on the Strip qualify for the diagnosis.

In my work as a psychiatrist, I have treated refugees with PTSD from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It can be severe, complex and protracted. It would be almost impossible to start the healing while the root causes persist. The head of mental health services in Palestine once said her people do not suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder because their trauma is ongoing. Present-traumatic stress disorder may be a more fitting description of their experience.

As is often the case in these situations, children suffer the most in Palestine. A study conducted in 2020, before the latest conflict, found that 53.5 per cent of children in Gaza were suffering from PTSD. Nearly 90 percent had experienced personal trauma. The Norwegian Refugee Council reported the devastating news that 11 of the children killed by the recent Israeli air attacks were participating in its trauma programme. No wonder UN Secretary-General António Guterres described Gaza as “hell on earth” for children.

Of course, Israelis have suffered too. Twelve were killed by Hamas rockets in May, two of them children – a tragic loss of human life. But for the Israelis, the Iron Dome defence system and bomb shelters provide a vital safety net and sense of security that Palestinians live without. Their highly developed healthcare services are far better equipped to deal with both physical injuries and the psychological impact of rocket fire. They are not living through the mental anguish of occupation either. All this is reflected in their lower PTSD rates, ranging from 0.5 to 9 percent of the population.

Back in 2008, I went on a trip to post-conflict Somaliland to teach psychiatry to medical students. The civil war affecting the area ended in 1991 but its effects on the mental health of the population and health infrastructure were still evident some 17 years later. They still continue to this day. It will take time to rebuild the fragmented minds and health services in Gaza, but there is little hope for them until Israel ends its illegal occupation, settlement expansion and blockade on Gaza.

The oppression of Palestinians has led Human Rights Watch to the conclusion that Israel is committing the crime of apartheid. Perhaps viewing this situation through the prism of human rights violations and their grave impact on mental health might prompt the international community to pressure Israel to act. Palestinians and Israelis both deserve security and protection from trauma. The best way to achieve this is by affording Palestinians their basic human rights.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial stance.

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Ex Museveni Bodyguard, Capt. Opolot, Succumbs to COVID-19




Retired UPDF Captain, Alex Opolot, is dead.

Opolot, who served for over 20 years in special military operations, lost the battle to COVID-19 this past weekend at Prime Hospital in Namugongo, Wakiso district.

Friends described him as a “great family man who was loved by his children to the moon and back.”

Born on January 21, 1962 in Bukedea district, Eastern Uganda, Opolot was among the first officers in the Presidential Protection Unit (PPU).

He survived action in Somalia where served as a peacekeeper.

Opolot attended Kumi Primary School and Father Hilders Primary school.

He later moved to Soroti Secondary School before joining Busitema College of Agriculture and Mechanization.

Opolot also worked with Peko Machinery Works in Soroti before joining the army.

He recently retired from the army and was working with Arrow Security Group of Captain Mike Mukula at the time of death.

He was attached to Internal Security Organisation (ISO), Presidential Protection Unit/Brigade.

Opolot was later deployed in Northern Uganda to battle the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels where he excelled in field intelligence operations.

He recently retired from the army and was working with Arrow Security Group of Captain Mike Mukula at the time of death.

The deceased’s friends say he was a very skilled footballer, great dancer, very peaceful and cheerful soldier.

Opolot during his footballing days. He was know as Opolot Wizard
Opolot served in Somalia under AMISOM

He is survived by a widow and four children.

Opolot will be buried on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 in Odoot Etom, Okolotum, Kocheka Sub-County, Bukedea District.

Results of COVID-19 tests done on 11 June 2021 confirmed 1,727 new cases. The cumulative confirmed cases are 61,977 with 428 deaths.

To prevent infection and to slow transmission of COVID-19, do the following:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Maintain at least 1 metre distance between you and people coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
  • Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.

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Palestinians not counting on change as Bennett replaces Netanyahu | Benjamin Netanyahu News




Palestinian leaders say new Israeli PM Naftali Bennett is likely to pursue the same right-wing agenda as Benjamin Netanyahu.

Palestinian groups have dismissed the change in Israel’s government, saying new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is likely to pursue the same right-wing agenda as his predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s office called the Israeli parliamentary vote on Sunday an “internal Israeli affair” while groups in the besieged enclave of Gaza pledged to keep up their fight for Palestinian rights. Gaza has been under an Israeli air, land and sea blockade since 2007.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, issued a statement saying it was “inaccurate” to call Bennett’s coalition government a “government of change” unless there was a significant shift in its position on the Palestinian right to self-determination and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Bennett, who heads the ultra-nationalist Yamina party and describes himself as “more right-wing” than Netanyahu, has said that the creation of a Palestine state would be “national suicide” for Israel. He has also called for the annexation of most of the occupied West Bank.

The millionaire former high-tech entrepreneur faces a tough test maintaining an unwieldy coalition from the political right, left and centre. Analysts say Bennett’s government will likely avoid sweeping moves on hot-button issues such as policy towards the Palestinians and instead focus on domestic reforms.

Palestinians unmoved

“This is an internal Israeli affair,” said Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Abbas. “Our position has always been clear, what we want is a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.”

In a statement, the Palestinian foreign ministry posed a host of questions to Bennett’s government. “What is the position of the new government regarding the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and the establishment of their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital?”

“What is its position of the settlement and annexation processes? What is its position on Jerusalem and respect for the historical and legal situation there? Its position on the signed agreements? Its position on the resolutions of international legitimacy? Its position on the two-state solution and negotiations on the basis of the principle of land for peace?”

In Gaza, Palestinian groups vowed to keep resisting Israel.

“We aren’t counting on any change in the occupation governments, since they are united on the policy of killing Palestinians and confiscating Palestinian rights,” said Sami Abu Zuhri, a senior Hamas official.

And prior to the Israeli parliament vote, Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for Hamas said: “Regardless of the shape of the government in Israel, it will not alter the way we look at the Zionist entity. It is a settler occupier entity that must be resisted by all forms of resistance, foremost of which is armed resistance.”

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