Dokolo District Women Member of Parliament, Cecilia Ogwal, says Uganda is now ready for a female head of state.
Ogwal made the revelation on Monday just a day to International Women’s Day celebrations.
“I think Uganda is ready for a female president,” she told NBS television.
She added: “We need to strategically place ourselves in top positions.”
Speaking on Women’s Day celebrations held at Kololo impendence grounds, President Yoweri Museveni said his government had empowered women to join politics as well as uplifting their statuses.
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“It’s possible to balance a political career and marriage,” Ogwal argues.
“I’m a very good example.”
Cecilia Barbara Atim Ogwal, is a politician, businesswoman and management consultant.
She is the Member of Parliament for the Dokolo District Women’s Constituency.
She has been a member of Uganda’s legislature, continuously since 1996.
She became involved in Uganda’s politics, serving as the Acting Secretary General of Uganda People’s Congress (UPC), beginning in 1985 until 1992.
In 1994, she was part of the Constituent Assembly which drafted and promulgated the 1995 Ugandan Constitution.
She remained a high-ranking official in the UPC political party until 2004.
During the 2006 parliamentary elections, she lost her Lira Municipality seat to Jimmy Akena, the son of UPC founder Milton Obote.
In 2011, Cecilia Ogwal contested and won the Women’s Representative seat for the newly created Dokolo District.
This time she switched political parties and ran as a member of the Forum for Democratic Change party.
Turning to executives, Ogwal said the problem with the young generation is when they get a promotion; they tend to disrespect their husbands.
“Men have their ego and we must respect it that way. A man needs a wife not a boss.”
She said there is still need for affirmative action.
“We are still too fragile to be left to the political storms.”