KAMPALA – Lands minister Beti Olive Kamya on Tuesday, March 3, officially signed an oath of allegiance confirming that she is officially joining the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party.
Ms Kamya, who is one of the founders of the Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA) party, signed the oath of allegiance before Kampala NRM leaders, including NRM’s Kampala Central Divison chairperson Salim Uhuru and workers MP Charles Bakabulindi, at the party offices in Rubaga, Kampala. Bakabulindi, a former junior sports minister, represented NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba.
In her remarks, Ms Kamya, who was dressed in a Gomesi with NRM colours, said she is joining a party that has vision for the country.
“The NRM party and President Museveni have the vision for this nation. I come with all my energy to take forward that vision,” she said amid cheers from party supporters.
Kamya said that even when she was in the opposition, she was working for progress under NRM.
“Before I was known as an Opposition stalwart, I had been in NRM. This is the second time I am joining the party,” Ms Kamya said.
She also said she is joining NRM for money.
“My father left me a lot of wealth. My siblings are comfortable, my mother is comfortable, my children are comfortable and are done with school – all this before joining NRM. The only money I need is to put food on my table and I already have enough of that from my investments,” she said.
Ms Kamya contested on UFA party ticket as the first Uganda woman presidential candidate in 2011 polls, emerging fifth with 52,782 votes. UFA accuse Ms Kamya of neglecting the true cause of the people in favour of selfish gains.