Agnes Kwagala Tumusiime, a youthful and ambitious politician has declared her intention to stand as Sembabule District Woman Member of Parliament in the forthcoming 2021 general elections.
The seat is currently being held by Anifa Kawooya Bangirana who has been the area MP for the last 15 years.
There are speculations that Kawooya is likely to point her guns to Mawogola South Parliamentary seat in the next elections.
Who is Kwagala?
Kwagala was born on September 15, 1989 to the late Isaac Tumusiime and Pheobe Kente Tumusiime of Mitima, Mawogola North in Sembabule District.
She is the second born out of seven.
She attended her primary Education from Kawanda Primary School and Sembabule Church of Uganda Primary School (PLE)
She later joined St Charles Lwanga SS Lwbitakuli Sembabule for her O’Level and Masaka SS for her A’ Level, where she served as a head Girl from S.2 to S.4.
“In my Senior Six I performed very well but I had to cut my Education short since my mother who was a farmer was unable to continue paying my fees due to the many responsibilities she had at the time,” Kwagala recalls.
“Fortunately my uncle Faustine Ntambala offered to give a hand. He managed to get me sponsors who included Dr Charles Kanyesigye who was heading Nsamizi Training Institute in Mpigi at the time and Mr Charles Nkuranga. They gave me a slot at the institution (Nsamizi).”
Here Kwagala pursued a Diploma in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management.
“While at Nsamizi, I was elected as the leader of the students from Western Region and for all the two years I spent as their leader, I did a lot of developmental things which are still remembered up to date.”
Due to her hard work, Kwagala managed to graduate with a First class Diploma. She never backed out, she further pursued a Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences at Makerere University.
Kwagala landed her first job at National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) after graduating at Makerere University.
“In the course of working at NIRA, my uncle Emmanuel Rwakeiru secured me a job at Convenant Hardware Limited, a company that deals in building materials. It’s where I work currently in the Sales Department.”
On why she Joined politics:
As a person who grew up in Sembabule, Kwagala says she realized that there was a very big gap between leaders and their constituents in the area whereby the latter have many problems which are not solved by the former.
She says she is optimistic that she is answer to the issues affecting the people of Sembabule.
“The people in Sembabule suffer because some of their leaders are reluctant to solve the burning issues that are affecting them.”
“The burning issues include land grabbing. Me too, our land was taken by the so called rich people. My mother and siblings had no one to run to. All the leaders at the time failed to help us. That’s why I decided to join politics to fight for the poor since me too I have ever been in such a situation, I know all their problems.”
“As a politician, I want the voice of women and girls in Sembabule to be heard in Parliament. I also want to help them in the problems they face like domestic violence, early pregnancies among others.”
Kwagala says that if the people of Sembabule give her a chance, she will not disappoint them.
“I will fight against land grabbing, fight for the widows, girls who are forced into early marriages, in short I will fight for any oppressed person in Sembabule.”
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