Ninsiima, Hope Mwesigye return to battlefield


Hope Mwesigye

Former Agriculture Minister Hope Mwesigye has been duly nominated to contest for the Kabale Woman Parliamentary seat on an independent ticket.

Hope left the ruling party following the mistreatment of her brother in-law, Amama Mbabazi who was accused of harbouring presidential ambitions.

Hope was twice summoned alongside her sister, Jacqueline Mbabazi, who was the NRM Women League chairperson and twice she snubbed the summons.

She also gave up her seat as Kabale District NRM chairperson and never took part in the October primaries.

Speaking after her nomination Thursday, Hope said the time for change in Uganda “is now”.

She called upon Ugandans to vote for change in the coming elections saying the only way to show democracy is to change leaders on the presidential level.

Hope also brought Amama into The Democratic Alliance under their pressure group, NRM Pro-Change that would later see the birth of Go Forward.

She is instrumental in Go Forward mobilisations with the aim of bringing Mbabazi in power come 2016.

Rival nominated 

Incumbent Ronah Ritah Ninsiima has been nominated as independent for Kabale Woman MP seat.

Then a Radio West journalist, Rhona Ritah Ninsiima, beat the Kabale Woman MP in February 2011 parliamentary elections.


Ninsiima after nomination [Daily Monitor photo]

Rhona, then 32, hails from Nyamweru village near Kabale town.

Having left school in 1996 after Senior Four, she worked with Voice of Kigezi radio in Kabale as a presenter and news anchor since 2000.

She then moved to Radio West in Mbarara as a freelance journalist and news anchor.

Later, she went to Mbarara Education Centre where she studied History, Economics, Literature and Divinity.

She sat her A-level examinations in November 2007, passed and gained admission to Mbarara University of Science and Technology for a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies.

Hope allegedly cheated her in September 2010 NRM primaries prompting Ninsiima to go independent.

In the 2011 elections, she walloped Hope and was announced winner of Kabale Woman MP.

Others nominated

Independent David Bakeine has been nominated for MP Rubanda East Constituency in Kabale district.

Dr Nicholas Kamara (Independent) has been nominated for MP Kabale Municipality.

He was seen riding a bicycle back home and laughing to his heart’s core.

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