The Obundhingiya Bwa Bwamba’s cultural institution’s minister for tourism and industrial relations, Ms Florence Kintu Tumwine, has resigned to concentrate on peace advocacy in Rwenzori Sub-region.
In her January 4 resignation letter addressed to the institution’s prime minister, a copy of which Daily Monitor has seen, Ms Kintu stated that she wanted to focus on promoting peace.
“In lieu of the above sir, I wish to take leave of my role as a cabinet minister in the Obudhingiya Bwa Bwamba to concentrate on these other tasks to avoid conflict of interest as these roles are service for all,” the letter reads in part.
Ms Kintu, who has been the cultural minister for three years, officially stepped down on Monday.
Her letter was also copied to the speaker, all cabinet ministers, the head of all clan leaders, and the Resident District Commissioner.
She formerly served as the Kalungu District acting chairperson before joining Parliament as its Woman MP.
However, she took leave from politics in 2016 to concentrate on other businesses.
Asked whether her resignation was triggered by her alleged political ambitions for MP, Ms Kintu said her peace advocacy campaign requires her to serve the people of Rwenzori without bias.
“I am the regional chairperson of Rwenzori Women Peace Forum which puts the main focus on districts that were affected by ethnicity clashes. All these involve people from different ethnic groups in our area of jurisdiction,” she said.
The institution’s deputy prime minister, the Rev Tomasi Kamuhanda, said Ms Kintu would continue serving in other capacities as a member of the cultural institution.
“There is nothing wrong with her resignation and she has actually pledged to continue working with the institution. She was very active and was coordinating us very well but since she is our member, she is still part of us,” he said.