Uganda's president, Yoweri Museveni, has fired his finance minister in a cabinet reshuffle that includes new posts for his wife and brother.

The president's office announced Tuesday that former Energy Minister Sydda Bbumba will replace Ezra Suruma as finance minister.  A statement says Suruma will remain a financial advisor to the president.

The president appointed his wife, Janet Museveni, as state minister for the northwestern Karamoja region.

He also named his brother, Salim Saleh, as a new defense advisor.

Last year Mr. Museveni made his son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, commander of Uganda's Special Forces.

Mr. Museveni has ruled the east African country for more than 20 years.   He won the last election in 2006 after parliament scrapped presidential term limits, and is expected to run for a fourth term in 2011.  


Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.