Kasese woman lawmaker, Winfred Kiiza has announced that she will not be running for the seat in the upcoming elections.
Mrs Kiiza has received kudos for the move, as having set an example for many other politicians who have made elective politics a career.
Bobi Wine, leader of People Power movement,said Winnie Kiiza has led by example.
Kiiza who rose to the Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Parliament, a position she served with distinction, says she will remain politically active.
“The only way I can feel successful is by participating in the election of my successor. I want to give chance for another lady to come up. I have talked so many times about overstaying in power I will not be different if I sought office this time”, Winnie Kiiza said on Tuesday.
Kiiza also salutes Dr Kizza Besigye and Gen Mugisha Muntu for recognizing a leader in her and gave her opportunity to lead in the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).
Below is her statement:
We have had a great run together!
It has been an incredible honour and privilege to serve the people of Kasese District, first as a District Councillor representing the people of Kyondo-Kisinga sub-counties for seven years and then as Kasese District Woman Representative in the Parliament of Uganda since 2006.
Over the course of the last twenty-two years, I have been blessed with opportunities to serve my country in various leadership capacities.
Allow me thank the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) under the leadership of Dr. Kizza Besigye and then Maj.Gen.(Rtd) Mugisha Muntu for according me opportunities that highlighted my leadership qualities, including serving as the first female leader of the Opposition in the political history of Uganda.
With that being stated, I wish to inform you of my decision to not seek re-election for the Kasese District Woman Representative seat in the forthcoming general election. For a long time we have talked against overstay in power, and I think it’s the right time to take the lead.
I can only feel successful if I participate in the election of my successor so that together we can shape the destiny of our community.
I am grateful to the people of Kasese district for placing their trust in me and according me the privilege to serve them and our country at large.
I have much respect for all individuals, groups, organisations and institutions that support all my efforts, and it’s my humble prayer that you be rewarded.
In a special way, I thank my lovely husband Hon. Bwambale Yokasi Bihande, family and friends for the support all through this journey.
As I am about to take leave, I want to give you assurance that I will continue holding on to the struggle for good governance, human dignity, equality and justice.
Lastly but most importantly, I thank God, by his grace, we have been able to come this far.
For God and My Country.
Winnie Kiiza, MP
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