- The Uganda President has finally named his long-anticipated Cabinet Ministers retaining Colonel (Retired) Tom Butime as Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities (MTWA).
- Butime will serve a 5-year term from 2021-2026.
- The Tourism Minister has stewarded the tourism sector since 2019 through its most challenging since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Long serving State Minister Suubi Kiwanda, however, has been replaced by newcomer Bahinduka Mugarra Member of parliament for the Ntoroko District.
Women have been appointed to key posts including Major (Retired) Jesica Alupo as the Vice President, former State Minister for Health Robinah Nabanja as the Prime Minister and Head of Government, and the former Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga as First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Community Affairs.
Butime who has been Tourism Minister since 2019 has stewarded the tourism sector through its most challenging since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown in 2020 with tourism earnings dropping by 73 percent from US$1.6 billion to US$0.5 billion with visitors numbers by 69.3 percent from 1,542,620 to 473,085 and employment by 70 percent from 536,600 jobs to 160,980.
In order to resuscitate the sector from ICU, (Intensive Care Unit), the government took the following interventions at the height of the pandemic.