Kampala President Museveni yesterday asked Vice President Gilbert Bukenya to resign from Cabinet, exactly eight years after he was first appointed to the job. Prof. Bukenya confirmed the development in a telephone interview with this newspaper last night. This is a relief, the out-going Vice President said. Now I can live my private life and make decisions that I would want to make. I will continue openly to fight and remove poverty in the country. Confirmation today Prof. Bukenyas resignation is expected to be confirmed today when President Museveni meets the NRM Parliamentary Caucus to discuss his new Cabinet. A renown academic and scholar, Prof. Bukenya had a meteoric rise to the top of the political tree but his stint as the longest-serving VP under Museveni has been marred by allegations of corruption which he denies and colourful revelations about his private life. Prof. Bukenya, whose re-election as MP for Busiro North is being contested in court, said he would remain a faithful member of the ruling NRM party. I will remain strong in NRM and I will continue supporting governments strong and positive programmes but I will not hesitate to criticise wrong programmes, he told Daily Monitor last night. I thank those Ugandans who have been supporting me and look forward to more advancement of Uganda. Prof. Bukenyas sacking comes after Parliament yesterday ordered ministers who were recently re-appointed by President Museveni without parliamentary approval to vacate offices as MPs voiced concern over the delay to constitute a new government.