Aged NRM great grandpa, Kajura-81, picks forms


Kajura picking forms

One of the oldest active Uganda politician and state official, has also picked forms to stand again as Hoima municipality Member of Parliament.

Hon. Henry Kajura picked nomination forms yesterday as aspiring candidate on the ruling NRM party ticket.

Badly aging and tired Kajura says he is still a firebrand and can still perform the duties entrusted to him by his constituents.

While the constitution of Uganda limits presidents not to stand beyond the age of 75 years, it seems to go easy on MPs and other public officials.

In most countries people dream of being able to retire at 50 and in 2010, Museveni directed his government to cut the retirement age for civil servants from 60 to 50…well, whatever happened to that!

Born on July 7, 1927, Kajura-now 81 years, is serving as the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Service since those positions on 2 June 2006.

In December 2014, he went public claiming that voters in Hoima Municipality were pressurising him to seek re-election in 2016.

“This is my last term, but they (voters) say they want me to continue. People say I have sat on people, but now it’s their turn,” Kajura, one of the longest-serving legislators told New Vision in an interview.

Kajura whose long career as a public servant goes back to 1966 when he worked as the deputy general manager in Bank of Uganda, said he would listen to his people’s wishes.

When he picked nomination forms at Kyadondo NRM party headquarters, Kajura fulfilled his promise of standing again as his people reportedly demanded.

From 1988 until 1989, he served as the Chairman of Local Council V (LC V), for Hoima District.

He was appointed Minister of Trade & Industry, Natural Resources, Water & Mineral Development in 1989, serving in that capacity until 1998.

Between 1998 and 2001, he served as Minister of Water, Lands & the Environment, after Trade & Industry was split off to form a separate ministry.

Like his NRM colleague, Gen Moses Ali, 76 years, Kajura intends to go on serving.

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