Former Vice President and Busiro North legislator, Prof. Gilbert Balibaseka Bukenya has bounced back in cabinet.
According to highly placed sources, “mahogany” as he once described himself, is set to return as Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries.
Bukenya, himself as successful farmer who championed the growth of upland rice across the country will help President Yoweri Museveni in his quest for prosperity for all programme which is supposed to oversee every homestead increase household income.
It is said that Prof. Bukenya’s decision to bounce back is informed by his love for farming and therefore, agreeing to serve the docket of agriculture is because the passion for the sector.
According to sources, Bukenya who is also a longtime friend to Gen. Salim Saleh was reached out due to the fact that Wakiso district where Bukenya hails from posted ‘bad results’ in the recent general elections where majority of the Members of Parliament are opposition and even those that made it on National Resistance Movement (NRM) card like Peter Ssematimba are either young or have questionable academic issues.
Bukenya also listened to Mr Museveni’s pleas when he ditched the coalition opposition forces under the umbrella of the Democratic Alliance and defected back to NRM. The opposition, had hoped to use Bukenya to mobilise in Buganda and other parts of the country like Northern Uganda particularly West Nile where he had eaten into the regime.