Kampala, Uganda — Kasese District Woman Member of Parliament, Ms Winnie Kiiza, has quit elective politics fifteen years after she entered the House.
The former Leader of Opposition says she will remain active with the forces of change but will not offer herself for political positions in the 2021 general elections.
She noted that it had been an incredible honor and privilege to serve the people of Kasese District, first as a District Councilor 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,” Kiiza said.
“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.”
The former Leader of Opposition in parliament however applauded former Forum for Democratic Change presidents, Gen. Mugisha Muntu and Dr.Kizza Besigye for according her “opportunity” to exhibit her leadership qualities which included serving as the first female leader of opposition in the history of Uganda.
“I have talked and talked against overstaying in power, I will not be different if I sought office this time. I know the people of Kasese loved me and wanted me to continue being their Member of Parliament. It’s a job I loved doing because I knew I had the backing of my people had their support. I want to thank you for the support you’ve given me,” Ms Kiiza said on Tuesday.
Ms Kiiza added that, as leaders they need to democratically demonstrate peaceful retirement and give room for others to also lead the country since it’s what the FDC party believes in.
Following the announcement, several opposition leaders praised Kiiza for the bold decision of quitting elective politics.
Gen.Mugisha Muntu of the Alliance for National Transformation party said that hon. Winnie has served not just her constituents but all Ugandans with dedication and integrity. Over and over again. “I have seen her put country before self in both word and deed. As Leader of Opposition, Hon. Kiiza presided over one of the most inclusive and competent shadow governments we have had,” said Gen. Muntu,
People Power movement leader and Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi described Kiiza as his inspiration.
“Today, Hon.Winnie Kiiza announced she is not running for MP in the coming election despite being very popular in her constituency. I celebrate you; the nation celebrates you,” Kyagulanyi tweeted.
He said history will always remember Kiiza for taking “such a bold and courageous decision.”