Looking ahead in 2013
Posted Sunday, January 6 2013 at 02:00
Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, Speaker of Uganda’s Parliament and Woman MP Kamuli District
By and large, 2012 was a year of mixed fortunes for me. On the work front, we managed to re-establish our Independence as the institution of Parliament since 1962, improved on health sector budget after a long war and successfully hosted the 126th Inter Parliamentary Union which we used to market our country’s tourism potential and now more people know Uganda’s richness.
Personally, I was able to get funds for my constituents to improve
education by getting funding for Bishop Bamwoze SS Balawoli, Isingo Primary School and getting schools radios for communication and information as well as had mini computers supplied to all the schools.
We also organised Busoga Tourism Expo to showcase attractions in Busoga and identified 36 sites for Busoga tourism circuit that has attracted support from government.
However, I had setbacks in Parliament, as we have not been able to make many laws and lost two of our dear colleagues, Oromait andNebanda. I lost two relations, my sister Miriam who died on the
Election eve. I went through the election day traumatised, but won
with a landslide. When I was away at the Vatican, I also lost my
father, so as a family, 2012 will go in our memory lane negatively.
In 2013, I resolve to complete and open my hotel, Century Hotel in Kamuli which has taken me 18 years to build. I will also continue fighting for better service delivery to my people and clear the outstanding bill backlog in parliament.
Proscovia Night Salaamu Musumba, the FDC vice president Eastern and Kamuli District LCV Chairperson
My name Salaamu Musumba translates as Peace and Shepherd, so I am going to be a peaceful shepherd for my people in 2013.
Last year was one of many frustrations and misses, but I crowned it with sweet victory as Kamuli elected me the chairman. People should take me as I am and I resolve to take on my new task of district leader to balance needs and support. I resolve to turn Kamuli District into a model district that symbolises good governance principles and epitomises multi-party democracy rule of law and hope give this to the people as accountability for their sacrifice.
I definitely will need to mobilise extra resources for my people and rally many allies to my cause as well as being mindful that I am implementing a foreign NRM Manifesto as mandated by the voters.
My family too needs me and I should definitely find time for them as a good parent and wife.