As the NRM party structures elections draw to the national level, the former Kasese Woman MP and former deputy minister of Women, Youth and Culture, Mrs. Loice Biira Bwambale, confirms her bid to contest for National Vice Chairperson, Women’s League representing Western region. She promises to make the Women Leagues vibrant right from the villages to the national level. John Baptist Nzinjah had a chat with her
Q: What has exactly prompted you to return to active politics after dropping out 10 years ago.
Ans: I have a passion to strengthen the women Leagues as a tool to make the NRM party more vibrant and gain comparative advantage over other parties and to re-enter active politics for sustainable development for all.
Q: But when did you join active politics?
Ans: Oh. I joined active politics as soon as the National Resistance Movement/NRA took state power in 1986. I was elected District Councilor in 1988, a position I utilized to mobilize women into vibrant groups to create awareness for development. By then, I was also working as the Head teacher Bwera Secondary School. In 1989, I became Woman MP Kasese district and later Constituent Assembly Delegate in 1994.
Q: What do you think was your contribution towards development of the country when you were an MP?
Ans: As a Woman MP for Kasese, my primary obligation was to represent the district and specifically the women a job I did very well.
I made sure I was the voice of the women and effectively organized, trained, made exchange programmes and advocated for gender mainstreaming in all programmes and policies of the NRM government.
I also mobilized financial and material to support community programmes through promotion of Secondary and Primary education under the National strategy for Girl-child education e.g. founding Mt. Rwenzori Girls Secondary School, Maliba Secondary School, Lake Katwe Technical Institute, St. Theresa Girls Secondary School and Bwera Secondary School.
Q: As deputy minister for Youth, Women and Community Development. What can this country record of you during that period?
Ans: Thanks, I recall the ministry instituted Women and Youth Councils from the village to the national level and later issued them with bicycles, motorcycles and allowances.
Q: How prepared are you to take the post of Vice-Chairperson, National Women’s League ?
Ans: I believe in my leadership abilities, experience in advocacy, reconciliation, monitoring and networking, hardworking and determination to serve the party.
For instance, I am a long serving MP in Uganda and mobilizer of NGOs and women groups.
When it comes to international politics, I was one of the representatives of Uganda in the Pan African Parliament where I headed some statutory committees.
I have also participated at various global networks the latest being the GHRC fourth forum for Ending poverty held in Dar es Salam in 2012, Commission on status of women in New York, Adopting the African Union policy in Adis Ababa, Presentation symposium on Aid effectiveness and Human rights in Africa, Monitoring the implementation of the solemn declaration on Gender equality –Pre-AU summit in Adis Ababa, Conference on Gender, Democracy and Governance in Post conflict countries in Gambia and various others.
Q: Many politicians promise lobbying for services. What do you say about this?
Ans: By the way, you should know that I am a local and international lobbyist as evidenced by the international conferences that I have continued to participate in even after leaving active politics.
In terms of business, I have a family enterprise, I am Patron to Ikongo Foundation Body whose Ikongo SACCOS will soon become a bank.
As a Director of Kilembe Investments Ltd, we are supplying electricity to the districts of Kasese, Rubirizi, Sheema, Buhweju, Mitoma and Bushenyi under the Rural Electrification Programme.
Q: When you assume the office of the Vice Chairperson of the NRM National Women’s League for Western region, what will be your main focus?
Ans: To begin with, I have already talked of re-energizing the functioning of the Women’s League as directed by the NRM party Constitution; through capacity building of the Leagues’ leaders at all levels as a tool to strengthen the party.
Secondly, institute national and international exchange programmes to support the leagues with logistics and politics of sustainable development for all and effective leadership.