Charlotte Natukunda Kashisha, a young mobiliser and former speaker of the Uganda National Students Association, has officially declared she will contest for the National Youth Female MP seat.
Kashisha, who had kept the rail on her ambitions, took to her twitter account this morning to declare her candidature in the race.
“The time is now for us to take up leadership with alliances that make prosperity a shared perspective,” she tweeted.
Charlotte’s entry into a hotly contested race tweaks the balance of votes earlier projected by candidates.
Where earlier, NRM candidate Pheona Nyamutooro banked on votes from the ruling party, Charlotte, who rose through the ranks as Chair Lady Complex at Makerere, Deputy Speaker UNSA and eventually as EAC Youth ambassador eats into the core of the electoral college vote.
Charlotte also is banking on a youth council vote where she is a strong participant.
Kashisha isn’t short of credentials either. She graduated law at Makerere Law School and proceeded to become an East African Community Youth Ambassador for Uganda.
In 2019, she was accepted into the prestigious World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers community. She has also served with the Leo Africa Institute. Prior to joining the race, Charlotte published her book ‘Chosen’ to encourage young people to take on solving community problems.
The national youth parliamentary race, unlike other races, is an electoral college vote where candidates will be appealing to a smaller circle of already elected youth leaders from across the country. To win it, candidates, previously, have had to build solid alliances that cross political paths.
In 2016, Adeke Ann, a former guild president of Makerere from FDC laid the bridges into the NRM vote to power herself to victory.
Little wonder, in her declaration, Kashisha spoke of alliances.
“The time is now for us to take up leadership with alliances that make prosperity a shared perspective. This lasting prosperity must be seen in the investments we make in our people, in the strength of our systems, and in our respect for democratic values,” she said in her declaration.
The race is slowly shaping into a three-way contest now between Pheona Nyamutooro who carries with her the ruling party endorsement, Angella Kasekende and Charlotte Kashisha, the two independents challenging her.
Voting for the race will be after the Presidential and parliamentary poll in January.