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Kyalya: Winnie Byanyima is Museveni sister


Kyalya addressing press outside Serena hotel

The only female presidential candidate, Maureen Kyalya Walube, caused a buzz last evening when she boldly accused opposition FDC candidate, Kizza Besigye, of being part of the First Family.

Kyalya was appearing on the first ever presidential TV debate broadcast by NTV Uganda at Serena conference center in Kampala.

The former senior presidential advisor on poverty alleviation in Busoga region started her debate in a queer style, announcing that she was not a politician.

“I am not a politician but more of a social worker,” she announced, adding that she came out only after realising there was a lot of poverty especially in Busoga which the president had ignored.

Asked why she is the best candidate, Kyalya said she has the best solution.

“I am not going to say I am the best candidate, all the people here can lead the country. I just have the best solution.”

She added: “I am multi skilled, I am a lawyer in the background and I have worked before as a presidential advisor and aide.”

She said Uganda went wrong on the foundation in the 1900 Buganda agreement and has never sat down as a country to solve these problems.

She said for example, there was a lot of bloodshed in the country and Uganda are still killing each other.

She want infect these people [Ugandans] with love which will only be possible when the government has been changed.

She said change was not about “from steady progress [Museveni] to going forward [Mbabazi] but a change from military government to a welfare state that caters for the needs of everyone.

“A soldier is taught how to kill, they are not trained to save lives.”

“There is more teargas in police stations than there is medicine in hospitals,” she reported in a statement that touched many hearts.

Kyalya said for example, the military government was discriminating women.

She painted the picture of a Ugandan woman as: “over worked, maid, mother, no rights … All laws are made to defeat us.”

Reminded by moderator and BBC journalist, Alan Kasujja, that Uganda had women who held big positions in government, Kyalya said the women in power are appointed just for the numbers.

“Otherwise I wouldn’t be standing here. It should be Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga standing here. We all expected that.”

She described women on Uganda’s cabinet thus: “They are just dummies, they have no power. Even Hon. Kadaga, she was crashed.”

The most interesting part is when she asked Besigye whether he will “start being part of 1st family since you are married to Presidet Museveni’s relatives?”

She described Winnie Byanyima as Museveni’s sister calling Besigye, Museveni’s brother in-law.

Besigye denied the claim straightaway.

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