KAMPALA: President Museveni has said Kampala Minister Beti Kamya was a good writer who could write many lies about the ruling party while in Opposition.
Mr Museveni said, however, this did not stop him from wooing her to join the ruling NRM.
“Beti used to write good English but whatever she wrote was marred with inaccuracies. I started wondering how a gifted writer like Beti, could continue telling lies to the Public. I started engaging her and she accepted. That’s how I also won the hearts of Beatrice Anywar and former Kampala mayor, Nasser Ntege Ssebagala,” he said.
The President made the remarks during Ms Kamya’s thanksgiving for being appointed minister at Martyrs Church in Nateete, Rubaga Division. The church was also holding a fundraising ceremony for the construction of a new place of worship.
Mr Museveni donated Shs10m in cash to the church and also pledged Shs1b towards the construction of the new church.
In response, Ms Kamya thanked the President for appointing her minister and pledged to serve Kampala people well. She also lashed at the Opposition for not identifying her leadership skills and utilizing them.
“My friends in the Opposition didn’t identify my ability yet I tried my level best to execute all duties. When the late Sulaiman Kiggundu passed on, I showed interest in replacing him but I wasn’t given the opportunity. When the president asked me to work with him, I couldn’t turn back because the opposition had frustrated me,” she said.
Kiggundu, who was the Forum for Democratic Change National Chairperson, passed on in 2008.
Ms Kamya donated Shs30m towards the construction of the new church.
Ms Kamya is the former president of Uganda Federal Alliance and was a strong critique of President Museveni’s regime.
She was a candidate in the 2011 presidential elections, coming in fifth with 52,782 votes. She previously served as the Member of Parliament for Lubaga North Constituency on the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) ticket from 2006 until 2010.