President Museveni has appointed Dr Diana Atwiine as the new Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health.
Atwiine takes over from the rebellious and polarizing Dr Asuman Lukwago.
Dr Atwiine has in recent months ratcheted up pressure on Health Ministry officials to boost services to the people.
She has been serving as the head of State House Health Monitoring Unit that uses intelligence to crack down on drug theft in public health facilities.
Atwiine’s rise comes high on the heels of an intense power struggle within the Health Ministry. Lukwago was accused of corruption, incompetence and arrogance.
This compelled Museveni to kick him out of the ministry headquarters in Nakasero, pending further inquiries.
It is understood Museveni could use Atwiine to effect radical changes in the ailing Ministry during his so-called Kisanja Hakuna Mchezo.