First Lady, Janet Kataaha Museveni has said she will not stand for Ruhaama Constituency Parliamentary seat come 2016.
The statement announcing her retirement from Parliament was posted on both her social media accounts, Facebook and Twitter.
The deputy presidential press secretary, Lindah Nabusayi, also confirmed the authenticity of the document.
Here is what Janet says in her own words.
The people of Ruhaama my friends
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The Youth and all you who are listening to me
I greet you all in love and thank you for the work you do on a daily basis.
I thank you so much because of the evident work that you do in food production, feeding your families well and income generating projects.
I know that now many of the homes have some income and that is evident in the modern homes that have come up. Above all I thank God who has enabled you to do this work.
Now, friends, what I want to say to you today is something I have been thinking and praying about for some time. I have sought God’s guidance and assurance about it.
Therefore I now have no doubt at all in my mind that this is what God intended for me in this season; that in the coming elections of 2016, I will not offer myself as a candidate for Ruhaama Constituency Parliamentary seat.
However, for now, I am still serving until the end of my term.
Therefore, I would like you to stay calm because I am still here, but I want you all to know that I will not stand in 2016.
It was important for me that you do not hear it as a rumor, I wanted to give you this information personally and this is what I have done.
It is my prayer that God grants you peace and blessings always. My plea is that you understand me and accept this message with grace.
I want us to remain united and together pray for Ruhaama during the coming elections.
I also pray that Ruhaama will stay peaceful so that we continue to develop our area as we have been doing.
Yours in service, Janet K. Museveni MP, Ruhaama County
Janet Kataaha Museveni (Kainembabazi, born June 24, 1948) is the First Lady of Uganda since May 1986.
She is married to President Yoweri Museveni, with whom she has four children.
She has been Minister for Karamoja Affairs in Uganda’s Cabinet since 27 May 2011.
She is also the elected Member of Parliament representing Ruhaama County in Ntungamo District.
She published her autobiography, My life’s Journey, in 2011.
Janet Kainembabazi Kataaha Museveni was born in Bwongyera village in Kajara county, Ntungamo District, Western Uganda to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kataaha.
She attended Kyamate Primary School, and Bweranyangi Girls’ Senior Secondary School.
Janet Museveni went into exile in 1971, when Idi Amin toppled the Milton Obote I regime in a military coup and married Yoweri Museveni in August 1973.
When Idi Amin’s regime fell from power in April 1979, she moved back to Uganda from Tanzania where she had been living in exile with her husband.
In February 1981 when Yoweri Museveni launched his guerrilla war against the government of President Milton Obote, Janet Museveni and her children re-located to Nairobi, Kenya, where they lived with family friends until 1983.
In 1983, they moved to Gothenburg, Sweden, and stayed there until May 1986, four months after Yoweri Museveni’sNational Resistance Army had seized power in Kampala.
She is a mother of four: Muhoozi Kainerugaba, Brigadier in the UPDF & Commander of Special Forces, Natasha Karugire, Fashion Designer & Consultant, Patience Rwabwogo, Pastor of Covenant Nations Church and Kamuntu.
Janet Museveni founded the Uganda Women’s Effort to Save Orphans (UWESO), a private relief agency in late 1986, which she said was shaped by her experience as a refugee.
She became involved with the HIV/AIDS campaigns in Uganda in the 1990s, forging ties with radical pastor Martin Ssempa for abstinence-only sex education in Uganda.
In November 2005, she announced that she would seek the parliamentary seat of Ruhaama county, in the February 2006 Ugandan general elections. She contested the seat against the candidate for Forum for Democratic Change, Augustine Ruzindana, and won overwhelmingly.
She was re-elected in March 2011 to another five-year term.
On 16 February 2009, Janet Museveni was appointed State Minister for Karamoja Affairs, by her husband, President Yoweri Museveni.
On 27 May 2011, she was elevated to Minister for Karamoja Affairs, complete with a State Minister for Karamoja Affairs.