KAMPALA – Nancy Kalembe has been duly nominated to participate in the 2021 presidential election.
She is the only woman in the presidential race. Kalembe was on Monday bounced because she had not paid the UGX 20 million nomination fee.
Addressing journalists shortly after her nomination on Tuesday, 03 November 2020, Kalembe said:
“I come with great leadership, leadership that is inseparable from integrity, leadership that is all inclusive and that’s why our slogan is ‘Leaving no one behind. I’m hopeful that Uganda is ready for its first female president,” she said.
Kalembe was born to the late George Patrick Bageya, who was the former LC-V chairman of Iganga, and Aida Cissy Kubaaza. She studied at St Mary’s College Namagunga for O-Level and Mariam High School for A-Level. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in population studies from Makerere University in 2007.
In 2003, she joined the Miss Uganda contest and although she did not emerge winner, she was voted Miss Intelligence, earning her a job with Sanyu FM. On January 8, 2008, she joined the Apprentice Africa, the African version of the American reality TV show, The Apprentice, hosted by Donald Trump. She emerged sixth out of the 16 finalists, winning a working slot at PHP Bank in Nigeria.
Kalembe returned to Uganda in 2009 and worked with Orient Bank until she resigned in 2010 to fully concentrate on her businesses. In her free time, she enjoys swimming.
She is the founder of Spring Clean, a cleaning company, and Mbalimbali Ltd, a pineapple juice and jam-producing company based in Nakawa. Before reaching these heights, Kalembe, 34, tasted the varied waters of employment. She worked as a news anchor at the then Uganda Television (UTV).
She was the account manager for Uganda Telecom (UTL) and account holder for Nation Media Group at Lowe Scanad advertising agency, and sales and promotions executive at Sanyu FM.
She also had a working stint at PHP bank in Nigeria and Orient bank in Uganda.