JINJA – Seasoned politician Rachael Janet Kyemba was on Thursday morning nominated as a candidate for the position of Jinja city Woman MP. Kyemba, a wife to veteran politician Henry Kyemba, while addressing her supporters soon after nomination commended Jinja city residents for the support they have accorded her in her journey to become the first Jinja city Woman MP.
“The support you have shown me has energized me and together we are going to create the Jinja we want,” Ms Kyemba said.
She said she spent only 10 minutes to complete the nomination process that took her competitors a whooping 30 minutes.
“This shows you that I have got whatever it takes to be your MP and I want to advise you that even when you are looking for a job, look for that job that suits your credentials,” Kyemba said.
She recounted her rich political and public service journey that has seen her serve as a councilor at former Jinja Municipal council for eight years, deputy mayor of Jinja Municipal Council, National President of YMCA-Uganda and vice-chairperson TASO Jinja Centre Advisory Committee, among others.
“In recognition of my service as Jinja Municipal councilor, I have Janet Kyemba road at Walukuba named after me while YMCA has a house, Janet Kyemba house, named after me,” Kyemba said.
She urged other politicians to emulate her and ascend the political ladder from the bottom instead of emerging from nowhere and asking for top positions.
“My service is not starting from MP. You ought to serve and people appreciate,” she said, amid chants from the audience who were wondering where she has been all that long.
Kyemba, who is canvassing for votes under the slogan; ‘The Jinja We Want’ is using the symbol of a saucepan. She said she wants to go to Parliament to look for what to put in the saucepan so that together with the city residents, they can cook and eat together.
The Jinja city Woman MP race is one of the most competitive in the entire Busoga sub-region and has attracted close to ten contestants.
Jinja city comprises fromer Jinja Municipality, Bugembe Town Council and the sub-counties of Mafubira and Budondo. It has an estimated population of 300,000 people.