RUKUNGIRI- Rukungiri District Woman Parliamentary seat is now billed to become the most interesting and hotly contested political race after the former Member of Parliament, Hon Winnie Joselyn Babihuga declared her intentions to bounce back into elective politics.
Hon Babihuga is not new to Rukungiri District politics having represented the district on the Woman Parliamentary seat in the 6th Parliament from 1996 to 2001.
The founding member of Reform Agenda that metamorphosed into Forum for Change, Hon Babihuga is known for her passionate community initiatives that targeted building capacities of the marginalised members of society.
Having worked in the Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) she is an accomplished leader and advocate for community transformation.
Hon Babihuga as she is popularly known in Rukungiri is also known for her resilience efforts with her trademark of spearheading the rule of law, observance of human rights, ensuring transparency and honesty in government.
“I have thought hard before I made a decision to return to elective politics and I hope my victory will be dedicated to the people of Rukungiri who appreciated my earlier contribution,” Hon Babihuga told this online publication.
She said that she is committed to fair competition for Rukungiri Woman Parliamentary seat both in party primary elections and in the general elections and once elected she has pledged to offer the best leadership (Obwebembezi) based on experience.
“Having been a Legislator in the 6th Parliament, and chaired the powerful Committee on Public Service and Local Government for 4 years, i will ensure that service delivery becomes a priority and ensure that there is value for money on all government programs especially those implemented by the local governments with funding from the center.
A member of FDC who worked with Hon Babihuga in the 6th Parliament said that she was excited that she has decided to bounce back to elective politics because she knows her developmental minded initiatives.
During her absence of leave from elective politics, Hon Babihuga worked with the Humanitarian Affairs in the UN in Sudan from 2005 to 2007 and from 2007 to 2017; she worked at the Head Field Office, A Senior Political Affairs Officer position in the Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan.
“I m a teacher, turned humanitarian worker coupled with NGO work experience with focus on Gender and human rights issues which are basic needs of observance in this era of multiparty dispensation. Ndi Omwesigwa , omukozi kandi Omwebembezi,” she said.
Hon Babihuga, studied at Kinyasano and Nyabitete Primary Schools in Rukungiri District and proceeded to Bweranyangi Girls SSS in present day Bushenyi District for her O Level and later to Gayaza High School for A Level Education.
Hon Babihuga then joined Makerere University where she studied her Bachelor’s Degree in Education and then University of Southampton UK for her Masters Degree.
She is a pioneer in the leadership and founding of Kinyasano Girls SSS in Rukungiri District.
Hon Babihuga has got several trainings in Leadership and Advocacy, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights coupled with Community Mobilisation and Empowerment.
As a staunch Christian Hon Babihuga is also a Rotarian and is well traveled in different countries across the World, for duty as wells as attending Rotary Conferences.
Hon Babihuga was first elected to represent Greater Rukungiri District in Parliament (1996 to 2001) before Kanungu District was created and she has already picked nomination forms to contest for Rukungiri District Woman Parliamentary seat on Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) ticket once she goes through the party primaries.
Other politicians contesting for Rukungiri District Woman Parliamentary seat on (FDC) ticket include the incumbent Hon Betty Bamukwasa Muzanira, Phylis Ariho the current Rukungiri District female Youth Councilor and Namara Annet (Kadoth) from Nyarushanje Sub County.
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