President Yoweri Museveni has appointed Beti Kamya as the new Minister for Kampala City Authority [KCCA].
She replaces Frank Tumwebaze the former presidency minister who is now the Minister of Information, ICT & Communications.
Hon. Mbayo Esther Mbulakubuza replaced Tumwebaze as Minister for the Presidency.
Kamya, a former Uganda Wildlife Authority patron and founder of the Uganda Federal Alliance has been praising Museveni on radio talk shows and in media reports.
In March 2015, Museveni during an inventory takeover of Samson Kalibbala Kamya Memorial Secondary school at Kilawula village, in Kooki county, Rakai district, invited Kamya to return to the ruling National Resistance Movement [NRM].
She didn’t openly accept or turn the call down but stated that much as they have political difference with president Museveni, their development ideologies are literally the same.
Museveni acknowledged Betty Kamya’s role in the development of the country and added that, she needs to be part of the ruling party to make her contribution relevant instead of wasting time in the opposition.
In 2014, Kamya, then a president of opposition party said she is ready to serve in Museveni’s cabinet if appointed as vice president.
The former Rubaga North MP, whose catch phrase is “change the Constitution and trim the powers of the President”, said Museveni has since 2001 been inviting her to join his cabinet and the offer was not juicy enough.
“He has approached me many times,” Kamya said, adding, “I think I can manage the vice-president office in the Museveni cabinet. I would surely serve under that capacity.”
She has finally landed a ministerial position in Museveni’s cabinet.
Before joining politics, Kamya served as the executive director of the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (Entebbe Zoo) between 2000 and 2004.
An ardent advocate for federalism, in 2011, she tested the presidential campaign political waters, emerging 5th (with 52,782 votes) out of the eight contestants in the race.