Former State House Special Communications Assistant Sarah Kagingo, has hinted on trying out her chances again in the coming race for East African Legislative Assembly as Uganda’s MP come 2017.
Uganda like the other four East African countries, has nine members on the regional assembly, and also holds the speakership.
Kagingo, stood in the previous 2012 polls but was not among the six picked by her ruling NRM party to represent Uganda; who included Margret Nantongo Zziwa, Dora Byamukama, Benard Mulengani, Mike Sebalu, NusuraTiperu, and Dan Kidega.
Irked by the results, Kagingo together with several others who lost in the poll signed a petition to the constitutional court claiming that the primaries did not cater for special interests groups such as people with disabilities (PWDS), workers, and the youths; as required by Article 50 of the Treaty. This however didn’t bear much fruit.
She was later appointed to State House as the president’s Special Communications Assistant, only to be dropped in September last year.
In an interaction with her followers today, Kagingo hinted on attempting another shot on the EALA Delegates race in 2017. She termed this this as “My decision and my right.”
Kagingo in her remarks went on to exonerate, President Museveni from being responsible for her loss in the previous race, as per the opinion of some observers.
“President Museveni had no hand in determining candidates’ victory or loss,” she pointed out; adding that “Candidates express interest following Parliamentary rules and regulations and are voted upon by Hon. MPs.”
Born in 1978 in Ntungamo District, Kagingo’s political spirits were spurred in 1997 when she was elected the second Makerere University Guild President [after Norah Njuba].
She had earlier worked in various leadership positions in her school days, and also with Gen Salim Saleh’s Divinty Union Ltd as the P.R.O in 2000, before becoming his Special Duties Assistant in 2007. She later worked as Head of research at Akiba International, also owned by Gen Saleh.
In 2013 Kagingo was informally appointed by President Yoweri Museveni as his Special Communications Assistant, an appointment that was never formalized until last year when she was dropped, as pressure mounted on her in State House.