RUKUNGIRI- “Nothing for us without us” slogan seems to have caught up with youthful Journalist Innocent Nabaasa Kashobera to abandon her passion for media practice and social work to venture into politics.
Innocent Nabaasa Kashobera a former Journalist with Vision Group, having previously worked with Mbarara based Radio West and TV West before joining NBS TV in Kampala. Nabaasa quit NBS TV where she was employed as a News Anchor and Reporter to join an NGO that advocates for health rights of women and young people.
Nabaasa who is also the founder of Fabs an NGO in Uganda that focuses on advocating for reproductive health rights of women and young people including maternal health, reduction, Gender equality, SGBV and inclusive economic empowerment believes this is the time to take her advocacy work to Parliament .
Nabaasa who has been requested by the people of Rukungiri to contest and represent them in parliament has been involved in several community projects in the district which exposed her to some of the challenges women and young people are faced with, the majority of which have been ignored by previous and current leaders. The people of Rukungiri year for inclusive development and that’s what she’s advocating for.
“I have decided to join politics to advocate and lobby for inclusive development, economic empowerment and gender equality” Nabaasa told this Online Publication.
Nabaasa who has been christened “Enyangi Y’amatsiko – Oyontsya Boona” has declared her intentions to contest for Rukungiri District Woman Parliamentary Seat in the next general elections.
“I’m driven by passion to serve the people of Rukungiri District without discrimination based on any political party affiliation and that’s why I will contest on Independent ticket,” she said.
Nabaasa constantly says that development is non-partisan and she’s ready to work with everyone who prioritizes the development of people in Rukungiri.
Top of her agenda is access to clean and affordable water, quality education for all, safe and affordable health facilities including lobbying for a government hospital, lobbying for better roads and electricity, and increasing access to affordable credit to women and youths.
Asked about initiatives she has introduced in the district, Nabaasa Said, she has since 2018 worked with farmers to grow Castor (Ebigaaha) and produce castor oil.
She has connected several farmers to markets in and out of Uganda and also involved in training of farmers interested in processing the oil locally at home.
Her long term strategy is to set up at least 3 castor oil processing plants in the district because the demand for oil is high on the global market and she believes this project will lift at least 1/3 of all farmers in the district out of poverty by 2030.
Nabaasa’s mission into the political fray is to advocate for and strengthen norms in society, policies and standard government practices.
WHO IS NABAASA INNOCENT?
Nabaasa Innocent is a Ugandan female born 31 years ago in Nyakagyeme Rukungiri District to Mr. and Mrs. John Turyagyenda Kashobera of Western Division, Rukungiri Municipality.
Nabaasa studied from Rukungiri Universal Primary School for her entire Primary School Education where she exhibited maximum interest in education and other co-curricular activities.
She later joined Immaculate Heart Girls Secondary School Nyakibale in 2003 – 2006 for O Level of Education where she obtained her Uganda Certificate of of Education (UCE) and later joined Valley College in Bushenyi from 2007 – 2008 where she obtained a Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE).
Nabaasa holds a Degree in Development Studies from Mbarara University of Science and Technology and obtained a Certificate in Journalism from Uganda Women in Media Foundation (UWMF).
Nabaasa has throughout her life, exploited leadership opportunities at different levels from being a Sports Prefect in Primary school, to a Deputy Head Girl in High School.
Today Nabaasa represents women on different corporate boards where she is serving diligently.
Nabaasa is a wife to Amumpaire Moses Bismac and a mother of two, a renowned journalist and woman rights activist in Uganda where she has excelled through broadcast media and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that are all based here in Uganda.
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