Kyalya cleared as only female nominee in 2016 race


Maureen-Kyalya [The Observer Photo]

Uganda has recorded in its books of history today, Wednesday November 4, 2015 its third female presidential candidate, Faith Maureen Kyalya.

Sam Rwakoojo, the ‏ Secretary of Uganda Electoral Commission, confirms that Kyalya, the only female aspirant in the 2016 presidential race has been nominated by EC chairman, Eng Badru Kiggundu.

He said Kyalya picked a pot as her symbol in the coming campaigns.

Earlier today, the EC send back Kyalya to pick a statutory document after she presented inconsistent names on her papers.

After being nominated as a presidential candidate, Kyalya told press that her candidacy is for women causes.

Kyalya says she was shocked by state Uganda, save for the western region which is doing ‘okay’.

“I visited a large part of the country while collecting signatures and I was in shock. Only the west is doing okay,” she said.

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“I have worked as a social worker in the UK but I wasn’t happy because my people are poor.”

She said her bid is to represent the people of Busoga.

“Uganda has a presidential candidate from Busoga in her history,” she announced.


Miria Kalule Obote, the former First Lady of Uganda, and widow of former Prime Minister and President Milton Obote, became the first ever female candidate in the February 2006 presidential election.

She garnered 0.6% of the vote in the February 23, 2006 presidential election, which was won by the sitting president, Yoweri Museveni.

Beti Olive Namisango Kamya-Turomwe, also Betty Kamya and Beti Kamya, became the second female contestant in the 2011 Ugandan presidential elections, coming in 5th with a total of 52,782 votes.

Busoga produced the third female presidential nominee, Kalya.

Busoga produced the first ever Uganda female Vice President, Specioza Wandera Kazibwe.

Busoga also produced the first ever Uganda female Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga.

Busoga has also produced a Miss Uganda, Leah Kalanguka.

Who is Kyala?

Maureen Kyalya, a former senior presidential advisor on poverty alleviation in Busoga in February 2015 to run for president in the 2016 elections.

Her appointment caused commotion in the ruling party.

She went to United Kingdom last year after resigning her position at State House citing harassment.

Kyalya told The Observer in February that she would not have declared her bid if Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga had ‘not shied away’ from the presidential race.

Kyalya joined the NRM from the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) in February 2012.

Before that, she had run on the FDC ticket in the 2011 election for the Jinja Woman MP seat, which she lost to NRM’s Agnes Nabirye in court.

Kyalya who now says she is neither NRM nor FDC told the newspaper back in the year that she was planning to register her own new political party, the African Restoration Party (ARP).

She felt out with government after supporting Prince Columbus Wambuzi against the eventual Kyabazinga of Busoga, Gabula Nadiope IV.

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