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Kenya Cabinet Reshuffled

April 6, 1999

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) _ Ugandan’s president has reshuffled his Cabinet, replacing his prime minister and stripping a ministerial post from his high-profile vice president, who is implicated in a corruption scandal.

The Cabinet changes, announced Monday night, came amid a parliamentary offensive against corruption in President Yoweri Museveni’s government.

Museveni stripped Vice President Specioza Wandira Kazibwe of her post as minister of agriculture. Parliamentary opposition to her had grown since reports surfaced that she had mismanaged ministry funds, causing foreign donors to pull out of a project to build needed dams in eastern Uganda.

Kazibwe, who is well known on the international conference scene, will remain vice president.

Museveni, who did not comment on the shakeup, also replaced Prime Minister Kintu Musoke, one of his most loyal supporters, with former Education Minister Appolo Nsibambi.

Museveni, a former guerrilla leader who has been in power since 1986 and was elected president in 1996, has come under increasing pressure to do something about widespread government corruption.

A government economic growth target of 7 percent for 1999 remains unchanged, but donors have imposed strict conditions on future financial backing.

Uganda has been hailed by international lending institutions and donor nations as an economic success story after Museveni launched a sweeping privatization program.

However, corrupt practices have been uncovered in some of the privatization projects.

Museveni also fired deputy Finance Minister Sam Kuteesa, who was censured by Parliament a month ago over allegations he embezzled funds from a donor-supported privatization program.

Parliament has censured three other cabinet ministers accused of corruption during the past two years. Museveni removed those ministers soon after the censures. Museveni’s brother and security adviser, Maj. Gen. Salim Saleh, resigned in December over a suspect bank purchase.

Energy Minister Richard Kaijuka and Third Deputy Prime Minister Paul Etyang, who were not implicated in corruption, were also removed from their posts.

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