Uganda Federal Alliance party leader Beti Olive Namisango Kamya has said Uganda president Yoweri Museveni appointed her minister in charge of Kampala because he (Museveni) wants a working city for everyone.
“President Museveni saw my potential and I’m sure he was surprised and disappointed at the Rubaga North people’s naivety not recognise my ability [when they voted for Moses Kasibante as area member of parliament],” she said.
Speaking about her appointment, Kamya who in 2011 contested for presidency but lost to Museveni, said the president must have been following her relentless effort in her campaign in the last five years to promote the National Referendum to change the constitution.
About seven years ago, Kamya wrote in sections of the local media saying she cannot serve president Museveni’s government and that if she’s to change her mind, she would only join as a vice president.
However, to this, Kamya while appearing on Capital Gang, a political talk show hosted by a local radio station defended herself saying, “We are all part of government and we’re called to serve in different capacities.”
“I went to the people of Rubaga North to ask for their mandate to serve as MP but they didn’t give me. Museveni saw my potential and he appointed me,” said Kamya who’s well known for her federal ideology.
Kamya’s appointment has stirred a number of different reactions among the public with some saying it could be Museveni’s strategy to regain Kampala which is currently dominated with opposition.
This is because all the elected leaders who stood on the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) ticket in the recently concluded elections lost to Opposition candidates.
President Yoweri Museveni early this week appointed Kamya minister in charge of Kampala, replacing Hon. Frank Tumwebaze who was named minister of Information, Communications and ICT.