KAMPALA – Broadcast journalist Annet Nambooze alias Anna Talia Oze on Monday launched her bid for the Rubaga North Lord Woman councilor slot when she picked nomination forms for the position.
The journalist famed for the entertainment show dubbed ‘Uncut’ on NBSTV will be running as an independent for the political seat.
Nambooze explained that she decided to be independent because all of the people she would affiliate herself with have a niche.
“Bobi Wine is one of the people we look at and hope will change many things in Uganda today. On the other hand, I have many friends in the ruling NRM party and they have the same problems like us who are not in government. I said let me go into the people without anyone tapping my back that why am I talking to this one and not the other one because all youth want one thing, living a good life free from poverty,” she said.
Nambooze added that she believes that if she comes out and says she is with such and such a party, she is going to be dividing people.
“I am a journalist, by practice and a teacher by profession, if I meet a child whose mother supports a party I don’t subscribe to and I show it, the mother will be biased so my aim is bringing together all people regardless of their parties,” she said.
Launching her campaign bid, the outspoken Nambooze explained that as a child growing, she was exposed to and experienced the plight of my people in Rubaga North.
She noted that she knows what it means to be born and raised in this constituency in every sense including the challenges of the people there since she grew up in a very modesty home that struggled and depended on hard work to survive with her father being a mechanic and her mother did odd jobs to raise them.
“I know what a day to day life of a resident in Rubaga North is. The struggle to afford basic necessities to many of you was and is still my struggle. The fear to slip into poverty, the raging issue of youth unemployment are still my fears,” she said.
She told the electorate that she knows what it means to lack and what it means to work and raise a family in Rubaga since she has experienced through family and friends first-hand the challenges of HIV, unemployment and under employment.
“I know what poverty means to many of us, I grew and lived through it. I also know what grace means. I know why hope is important and I know that Faith will take us places. I choose teaching as a profession first because I come from a family of teachers that has educated thousands of students in Rubaga at Alliance SSS, secondly because I wanted to help in supporting and nurturing our children like I have seen my aunties do.”
She explained that her passion led her to journalism so that she could highlight the plight of the common person, the youth down there that needs a job to put food on table, take a child to school and access basic services.
“That is the reason I have decided to contest for the position of Lord Woman Councilor Rubaga North in the upcoming elections. I am not a messiah, I am not better than you but what I bring is the passion, love and knowledge of my people in Rubaga North. I want to be your voice; raise awareness about the situation of our people and I am hoping, working with you will help all of us bring the change we want. I will strive to be your voice.”
In mid-August, Nambooze was seen carrying out consultations among boda-boda riders and other residents in Rubaga and little did we know she was eyeing this slot, well we wish her all the best in the political path she has taken.