Women Urged to Take LCI Positions

President Yoweri has Tuesday afternoon pledged to support the family of the deceased Mrs Sarah Kyolaba, physician wife of former President Idi Amin Dada who passed away weeks ago.

Kyolaba who was running a small hair salon business in North London, sickness lost the battle to cancer mid last month at London’s Royal Free Hospital.

The 59-year-old had lived in Britain for more than 30 years, having followed her husband into exile in Saudi Arabia.

She was laid to rest at Ssanda – Nakawuka along Kampala – Entebbe Highway earlier last week, where President Museveni was represented by State Minister for Internal Affairs, Mr. James Baba.


Today, The President met with the family of the Mrs. Kyolaba at State House in Entebbe, who narrated to him the challenges they have been through over the years.

According State House officials, the President pledged to pay school fees for all the children that Kyolaba produced with the former head of State, the Late Idi Amin Dada.

The bereaved family was also given land to carry out agriculture in order to help them settle back at home.
Women have been urged to aggressively join the local government politics and grab positions mainly for the Local Council 1 committees in the coming elections for them to significantly achieve the desired empowerment.


The call was made by the woman Member of Parliament for Agago district, order Franca Akello on Tuesday during an extraordinary sitting for Women at Parliament organized by the Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA)

Ms. Akello said positions like for LCI chairperson are very important and the immediate decisive point in the grassroots.

“Honorable colleagues if there is one area that women have forgotten in this country and largely taken in our society as positions for only men are the chairperson LCI seats. Women should actively participate in the coming elections and take all the LCI seats across country for us realize our dreams of emancipation, nurse ” Hon. Akello said on the floor of Parliament during the special sitting.

In the same sitting, advice the Manafwa woman MP, Sarah Kayagi said the delivery tools for women known as Mama Kits should directly be distributed to women instead of being supplied to the health facilities since it is always hard for expectant mothers to access them.

“Mama Kits should be given directly but not the way it is being done. Women are finding difficulties in getting mama kits from health centers and other health units; they should be given to us direct.” Hon. Kayagi said.

Meanwhile many participants urged government to set aside a special fraction from the Youth Fund strictly for women in the youth age bracket.

They argue that women have unique challenges and therefore female youths cannot fairly compete with their male counterpart in getting the youth fund.

The special sitting by the theme; “Women Participation and Emancipation” was sponsored by the West Ministers` Foundation for Democracy attracting all women MPs, ministers, local council leaders, Civil Society Organization members and women from traditional settings across the country.

The sitting was chaired by the former Parliamentary Commisoner and current Woman MP of Masindi district, Jalia Bintu who sat in for Speaker Rebecca Kadga that reportedly went to State House for an impromptu meeting with President Yoweri Museveni.





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