KAMPALA – Two days ago, the Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament Betty Nambooze was appointed Ambassador for the East Africa region representing an international organization based in the Netherlands.
The exciting news was revealed by the legislator herself through her official social media pages. Without disclosing the name of the organisation, Nambooze said it deals in fighting modern slavery of women and girls.
“This prestigious appointment came in recognition of our courage and capacity to use our office to fight against injustices especially trafficking of women,” the MP explained.
She added, “As the Regional Ambassador, I am to head the organisation’s projects in this region and also represent it both locally and internationally. All praise be to God. Even though I’m taking on this new role, I will remain your representative in Parliament since it is through the legislative assembly that the world sees and recognizes us.”
Nambooze is among the eleven Members of Parliament who crossed from the Democratic Party to the National Unity Platform (NUP), a new alliance headed by Kyaddondo East legislator and 2021 presidential hopeful Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.
She however maintained that she had not deserted her long time party (DP) and had only gone to National Unity Platform for ‘strategic reasons’
She said that her joining NUP is aimed at overthrowing Museveni, and when that is achieved, she will reset to DP.
“What we are fighting for is to overthrow Museveni and give ourselves a transitional government where we shall organize the country by writing a new constitution. By the time we have transitioned, we shall not have laws to apprehend Nambooze for leaving DP,” she claimed.
“I have gone to join Ugandans to fight for the overthrow of Museveni’s regime that is holding us hostage. There will be no reason why I would not rejoin DP. My assignment is to take NUP to DP or vice versa,” she added.
Nambooze was first elected to parliament in May 2010, when in a by-election, running on the Democratic Party ticket, she defeated the then incumbent MP, Peter Bakaluba Mukasa of the ruling National Resistance Movement.
According to her Parliamentary profile, Nambooze worked as a news reporter (stringer), between 1993 and 2000.
From 2000 until 2004, she worked as a law enforcement officer. From 2004 until 2005, she served as a personnel officer. She worked as a radio presenter between 2000 and 2009 at CBS FM. From 2005 until 2010, she served as the Spokesperson for the Democratic Party in Uganda.