Racheal Janet Kyemba is not a stranger to Jinja’s politics having served in various positions in the District including as a key mobiliser for the NRM party.
Today, she has been nominated as an independent candidate vying for the position of Woman MP, Jinja City Woman.
The position which arose out of the granting of city status to the former Jinja Municipality Council is one of the most hotly contested seats for the 11th parliament.
Ms Kyemba has consequently stood out based on her experience, competency and significance within the City.
Something that she has achieved over years of public and voluntary service in Jinja. She has also been a crucial part of the Jinja City Advisory Board which is leading the strategic planning for the development of the city.
Contesting under the slogan, ‘The Jinja We Want’, Ms Kyemba says she has a vision to transform Jinja City into a city of pride and immense opportunities for its people.
“I would like to take on the mantle at this legislative level because I have already exhibited the required skills and background to enable me deliver the much-needed representation for the people of our new city,” she said after being nominated this Thursday.
“I would like to mobilize the Jinja City community and other stakeholders to address issues that greatly concern our city and deliver the Jinja we want,” she added.
She highlighted her manifesto as focusing on Women’s economic advancement, Youth empowerment, Transparency and accountability, fostering commerce, industry and technological revival and Promoting tourism excellence and opportunities.
Ms Kyemba is a an Agro entrepreneur based in Jinja with over 25 years of experience in public and voluntary service having served as a Councilor and then Deputy Mayor of Jinja Municipal Council, National President of the National Association of Women Organisations in Uganda (NAWOU), National President of Uganda YMCA, Vice Chairperson TASO Jinja Centre Advisory Committee and on the boards of Buckley High School, PMM Girls School and Marwan Primary School among others.
Jinja City comprises the former Jinja Municipality (now Jinja Southern Division) and Bugembe Town Council, the Sub-counties of Mafubira and Budondo (now Jinja Northern Division).
It has an estimated population of over 300,000 with an urban settlement that has been in existence for over 110 years.