Gen Kasura-Kyomukama warns Tumwebaze, Rwamirama to desist from looting the Ministry

Maj Gen Kasura-Kyomukama warned that he is not in the Ministry of Agriculture for showbiz (PHOTO /Courtesy)

ENTEBBE — KAMPALA — Maj. Gen. David Kasura—Kyomukama has started work as the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture—immediately sending a clear message, that he won’t tolerate corruption among other dealings.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries was in spotlight mismanagement of money for the desert locusts among allegations but sources say President Museveni deployed Maj. Gen. Kasura in the sector to stop new faces including Frank Tumwebaze and his deputy Bright Rwamirama from looting the sector.

Both Tumwebaze and Rwamirama have along story of looting and have faced allegations of engaging in dubious deals in their previous places of work.

Gen. Kasura-Kyomukama has replaced Mr. Pius Wakabi who was sent into early retirement for presiding over a scandalous tenure including the looting of resources during locusts invasion among others.

President Museveni has previously defended his decision to deploy soldiers on civilian programmes as justified because “soldiers are tested, they deliver and not corrupt”.

Speaking during the takeover, Gen Kasura-Kyomukama said that he was ‘here to clean the Ministry and transform lives”.

“Our first mission is to eliminate corruption and ensure we transform agricultural production and productivity,” he said, urging the ministry officials to promote high-value agriculture and dissemination of technology, knowledge and skills for the people employed in agriculture.

“The mission of this ministry therefore, is to modernise the agricultural sector. We are servants of the people and therefore, we are here to transform their lives,” Maj. Gen. Kyomukama said.

Whereas Mr. Wakabi advised Gen. Kasura to make use of the public relations department to highlight all the achievements accomplished by the ministry, the new PS said he wasn’t deployed in the position for showbiz, saying the public will recognise whenever there is good work.

“Therefore, we may not necessarily have to engage our public relations department, but rather focus on doing good work,” he remarked.

Gen. Kasura said that despite the critical importance of the agricultural sector, it still faces various challenges including low productivity while employing large numbers; low market competitiveness of products; and the dependence on the vagaries of nature for production.

He emphasized that he will try to solve these and other challenges by utilizing a collaborative whole of government approach in order to leverage the power that working as a team stimulates.

Maj Gen. Kasura joins the ministry with over 30 years of leadership experience.

Before joining the Ministry of Agriculture, Maj. Gen. Kasura-Kyomukama was the Director of the National Leadership Institute at Kyankwanzi, and before this he was the Defense Liaison Officer for Uganda at the East African Community Secretariat in Arusha.

Prior to working in Arusha, Maj Gen Kasura had worked in the National Resistance Army and its successor the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces in various capacities, including Commander and Staff Officer in diverse capacities.

He has also worked in the Office of the President.

He has taken part in the setting up and reorganization of a number of structures.

He was a pioneer leader of, and helped in setting up the Internal Security Organization (ISO) in the Office of the President; as well as the Chieftaincy of Pensions, Gratuity, Survivor Benefits and Compensation in the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF).

He took part, as Director, in the reorganization of the structure and operations of the National Leadership Institute (NALI) at Kyankwanzi; and was also part of the team, under the Late Lt Gen Pecos Kutesa, that wrote the Uganda Defense Doctrine as well as the Structure and Establishment of the UPDF.

Maj. Gen. Kasura-Kyomukama has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Makerere University Kampala, and a Masters’ Degree from Salford University in Manchester.

He has also attended a number of leadership courses (military and civilian) in Cuba, Russia, China and the United Kingdom.

Maj. Gen. Kasura-Kyomukama’s focus will be geared towards the transformation of the Agriculture sector in order to stimulate and drive the agenda of socioeconomic transformation in Uganda.

One of the tools will be the Parish Model so that this transformation is carried out by the people, and occurs among them based on their needs and aspirations

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