Sunday, 5 January 2014

President Museveni’s 100 advisors

Apollo Nsibambi (L) is one of Museveni's Senior Advisors
Top-tier presidential advisors whose number grew to 100 last year, can earn Shs 2.6m to Shs 3m a month for advising on such mundane things as a village, a parish, a diocese or valley dams, a review of their jobs docket shows.

Some of the advisors on the list have no job description while others are performing duplicate roles.
The list of President Museveni’s advisors and assistants grew from 82 in 2012 to more than 100 in 2013 with the appointment of Alison Byamukama last October as an advisor on the western district of Buhweju.
She got the job after pulling out of the Buhweju Woman MP by-election in favour of NRM’s Oliver Koyekyenga at the urging of the president.
Shortly before Byamukama’s appointment, the minister for the Presidency, Frank Tumwebaze, had tabled before Parliament a list of 99 presidential advisors and assistants whose annual wage bill is more than Shs 2.7bn, excluding other entitlements such as a vehicle, a driver, armed escort and an office.
The list reveals some eye-catching facts. Jenipher Twebaze Musooke, who holds a bachelor’s degree in Education and a master’s in Literature as well as a certificate in film production, is Museveni’s advisor on the affairs of Ruharo, a model ward located in Bushenyi-Ishaka municipality.

John Bituguramye, who holds a primary school teaching certificate, earns an extra Shs 100,000 to advise the president on the affairs of Kigezi diocese. Ignatius Begumisa Katetegwire, an advisor on valley dams and veterinary services, is paid Shs 2.23m a month to do the same work as former minister for the Presidency Beatrice Wabudeya, Dr Samuel Byagagaire and Dr John Rick Akeny (all advisors on veterinary services).
Former Prime Minister Kintu Musoke leads the pack of Museveni’s 26 advisors on political affairs. Others include NRM’s deputy Electoral Commission chairman Dr Elijah Dickens Mushemeza. Besides John Nagenda, a senior presidential advisor on the media and public relations, the president gets advice on the same issue from Lawrence Laury Ocen and Sarah Kagingo.
The president also has two advisors on cultural affairs besides retaining cultural advisors on different regions. For instance, he has two advisors on Buganda Affairs, an advisor on Acholi, Lango, Rwenzori, Western, and South Western.
The retired bishop of Ankole diocese, Dr George Tibeesigwa, advises the president on the south-western region.

Vague roles

After he lost his re-election bid for the Rakai district chair, Vincent Semakula Ssettuba, lobbied the president for a job, and when it finally came, he had been appointed a presidential advisor on former district chairpersons in Buganda region.
However, Semakula wasn’t confirmed in the job until last July when he received his first salary. Surprisingly, he does not know his specific roles and duty station to date.
Semakula and former minister Isaac Musumba appear on the list as senior presidential advisors. They are part of a group of seven senior presidential advisors for special duties.
The others are, former German Ambassador to Uganda Klaus Holderbaum (who is the highest paid at Shs 7m), former Obote II Security minister Chris Rwakasisi, Gertrude Njuba, Dorothy Samali and Amos Amis Makumbi.

“I have previously questioned the authenticity of those advisors. Some of them are illegally occupying those positions because by virtue of their appointment, they are civil servants who should not take part in partisan politics,” says Masaka Municipality MP Mathias Mpuuga, shadow minister for the Presidency and Anti-corruption.
However, according to Attorney General Peter Nyombi, the president is given vast powers in the Constitution to appoint people with whom to run the government.
“Besides the cabinet, the Constitution gives the president a lot of powers to appoint people with whom he can run the government. It does not give the specifics of their qualities,” Nyombi said in an interview on Saturday.
But Mpuuga argues that the president has abused this mandate. He said Museveni uses such appointments as an avenue to find employment for NRM cadres. It is noticeable that some of the advisors are political figures who fell out of favour with voters. Presumably, the president feels the need to give them a ‘retirement’ package.
“Yes, we understand the need to give something to eat to his henchmen but it is unacceptable for him to use public funds to satisfy his cadres,” Mpuuga said.
“There is a need for Parliament to come up with a mechanism to compel the president to have a limited number of advisors because every unemployed NRM cadre is likely to be appointed an advisor,” he added.

See full list of advisors

No.Name    PositionGross monthly salary (Shs)
1.Gertrude NjubaAss. S Pr  Advisor /Special Duties 2,279,439
2.Tom Kayongo Ass. Pres. Advisor/ Buganda Matters 2,271,165
3.Watuwa Ntaamo SAsst. Senior  Pres. Advisor /Political Affairs2,260,140
4.Winnie TwineDeputy Pres. Advisor /Markets2,271,165
5.Ignatius Begumisa KatetegwireDeputy Special Pres Asst/Valley Dams & Vet2,232,570
6.Margaret Nakidde K. SekyewaDeputy Spec Pr  Asst/Political Affairs 2,232,570
7.Christine MuhindoDeputy Spec Pr Asst Rwenzori Affairs     2,290,455
8.Hajati Anuna OmariDeputy Spec Pr Asst/Political Affairs 2,260,140
9.Sabila Salimo Deputy Spec Pr Asst/Political Affairs2,232,570
10.John Bituguramye Pres Advisor /Kigezi Diocese2,290,455
11.Maj Gen Joshua Masaba Presidential Advisor /Air Force Matters2,279,439
12.Princess Edith Bagaya Presidential Advisor /Cultural Issues 2,290,455
13.Prince David Alexander Simbwa Presidential  Advisor /Foreign Affairs 2,279,439
14.Godfrey Kazibwe Presidential Advisor /Luweero Triangle Matters2,279,439
15.Godfrey Kayongo NkajjaPresidential  Advisor /markets2,279,439
16.John Wekesa Wambogo Presidential Advisor  on Youth Affairs 2,290,455
17.Peterson Nyombi Nekemiya Presidential Advisor /Agricultural Matters 2,279,439
18.Prof. Timothy  Wangusa  Presidential Advisor /Literary2,279,439
19.Pharez Katamba Presidential Advisor /Luwero2,279,439
20.Elijah Mushemeza  Dickens Presidential Advisor /Political Affairs 2,600,000
21.Mary KawumaPresidential Advisor /Political Affairs  2,600,000
22.Dorothy Kiyimba Kisaka Presidential Advisor /Political Affairs 2,600,000
23.George  Sikubwabo Kyeyune Presidential Advisor /Political Affairs  2,290,455
24.Brig Kasirye Gwanga Presidential Advisor /Security Buganda Region 
25.Al Haji Sajabi Tezikuba Presidential Advisor /Trade & Commerce  2,279,439
26.Francis Mwebesa Presidential Advisor/Political Affairs 2,279,439
27.Yowasi Makaaru Senior Pres. Advisor/Legal Matters 2,279,439
28.Godfrey KiwanukaSenior Pres Advisor/decentralization 2,290,455
29.Karazarwe Wycliffe Senior  Pres Advisor /Local Govt2,290,455
30.Kigyagi Arimpa Senior  Pres. Advisor /Environment2,290,455
31.Moses Kizige     Senior Pres  Advisor /Foreign Affairs 2,290,455
32.Maj Roland Kakooza MutaleSenior Pres  Advisor /Political Affairs 2,290,455
33.Yekoyada Nuwagaba Senior Pres  Advisor /Political Affairs 2,279,439
34.Badru Wegulo Senior Pres  Advisor /Political Affairs    2,290,455
35.Osinde WangwarSenior Pres  Advisor /Political Affairs2,290,455
36.Prof  Edward B. RugumayoSenior Pres  Advisor /Political Affairs2,600,000
37.Steven H. BamwangaSenior Pres  Advisor /Political Affairs2,290,455
38.Amos Amis Makumbi Senior Pres  Advisor /Special Duties 2,290,455
39.Margaret Baryehuki Senior Pres Advisor /Political Affairs 2,290,455
40.Dr.Kamuhangire RwumoSenior Pres  Advisor /Cultural Affairs 2,290,455
41.Dorothy Nasolo Senior Pres  Advisor /Gen Duties2,290,455
42.Gerald SendaulaSenior pres /Financial Affairs2,290,455
43.John NagendaSenior Pres /Press & PR2,290,455
44.Apollo Nsibambi    Senior Pres Advisor 2,290,455
45.Dr John Joseph OtimSenior Pres Advisor /Agriculture2,290,439
46.Major Gen Ali KiizaSenior Pres Advisor /Air Force2,290,455
47.Dorah Kibende     Senior Pres Advisor /Anti- corruption2,600,000
48.Prof Tibamanya M. MushangaSenior Pres Advisor /Inter. Affairs 2,279,439
49.Maj Gen Joram Mugume Senior Pres Advisor /Military Affairs2,290,455
50.Richard Muhinda Senior Pres Advisor /Public Service 2,290,455
51.BP George TibeesigwaSenior Pres Advisor /S.West Region2,290,455
52.Robert Ssebunya    Senior Pres Advisor/Buganda Matters 2,290,455
53.Amb Arsene BalihutaSenior Pres Advisor/Public  Private Partnership 2,290,455
54.Dorothy Samali Senior Pres Advisor /special duties 2,600,000
55.Amb Tomusange  JSenior Pres Advisor 2,290,000
56.Vincent Ssemakula Senior Pres  Advisor 2,290,455
57.Gen David SejusaSenior Pres  Advisor /Coordinator ISO & ESO 2,290,455
58.Dr Jesse KagimbaSenior Pres  Advisor /HIV-AIDS2,290,455
59.Franco OjurSenior Pres  Advisor /Lango Region2,600,000
60.Kintu MusokeSenior Pres  Advisor /Political Affairs 2,290,455
61.Chris Rwakasisi Senior Pres  Advisor /Special Duties 2,290,455
62.Dr Beatrice Wabudeya Senior Pres  Advisor /Vet. Services2,600,000
63.John Emily Otekat Senior Pres  Advisor /Wildlife 2,290,455
64.Lawrence Laury Ocen Senior Pres  Advisor Media Mgt2,290,455
65.Tereza MbiireSenior Pres  Advisor/Cultural Matters 2,290,455
66.Prince Besweri Mulondo    Senior Pres  Advisor/Land Matter 2,290,455
67.Francis Bantinti Senior Pres Advisor /Political Affairs 2,290,455
68.Dr Specioza Wadira KazibweSenior Pres Advisor/Pop. Health 2,6000,000
69.Lillian Abalo Ongom Senior Pres/Acholi 2,290,000
70.Klaus  E.P HolderbaumSenior Pres/Special Duties 7,000,000
71.Isaac Musumba Senior Pres Advisor 2,290,000
72.Gen Caleb AkandwanahoSenior Pres Advisor /Defence2,600,000
73.Dr Ham Mulira MukasaSenior Pres Advisor (ICT)2,600,000
74.Dr Ezra Suruma SabiitiSenior Pres Advisor /Finance &Econ. Planning 2,600,000
75.Major Jacob AssimweSpecial Pres .Asst /NRM Civilian Veterans2,260,140
78.Jenipher Twebaze Musooke Special Pres .Asst /Ruharo Matters2,279,439
79.Stephen  Okuluma  Special Pres  Asst/Political Affairs 2,279,439
80.Nadduli Kibaale Special Pres .Asst/Political Affairs2,260,140
81.Betty NalimaSpecial Pres .Asst/Political Affairs2,260,140
82.Santa Oketta Special Pres .Asst/Political Mobilization 2,260,140
83.Mohammed Mayanja  Sadik Special Pres .Asst/RDC’s Office2,260,140
84.Sichon Nambale Bob Special Pres .Asst/Special Duties 2,260,140
85.Dr  John Rick Akeny Special Pres .Asst/Veterinary2,260,140
86.Emmanuel   Kafuniza Special Pres .Asst/western Region 2,260,140
87.Kakooza Mutale     Special Pres. Advisor/Political Affairs  2,260,140
88.Charles  Kwesiga Special Pres Asst /Political Affairs 2,260,140
89.Godfrey Mwijakubi Special Pres  Asst /Political Affairs2,260,140
90.Alex Kyawe KategaSpecial Pres  Asst/Political Affairs 2,260,140
91.Prof Lwanga Lunyiigo Special Pres  Asst/Research2,260,140
92.Henry Rwigyemera Special Pres  Asst/Security Matters 2,260,140
93.Resty Nakayenga KiguliSpecial Pres  Asst/ Underprivileged Youth 2,260,140
94.Dr Samuel Byagagaire Special Pres  Asst/Veterinary 2,260,140
95.Levi Okodi Macpio Special Pr Asst/Political Affairs Lango 2,260,140
96.Hajji Edrisa  SsedungaSpecial Presidential Advisor/Veterans2,260,140

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