The National Resistance Movement flag bearer for the Masaka District Woman parliamentary seat, Freda Mubanda Kasse, has died.
The 76-year-old died on Tuesday evening at the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, where she has been admitted.
The Masaka NRM administrative secretary, Mr Umar Ssebulime, confirmed the death.
“This is a great loss for the party in Masaka region and the entire country. She has been a strong supporter of the party and a great politician who cannot easily be replaced,” he said in an interview.
While the cause of her death is not yet known, the family members have ruled out Covid-19. “We had started believing that maybe she had contracted Covid-19 though after the first tests the results came out negative,” the family source who requested anonymity as quoted as saying in an interview with Daily Monitor.
Mubanda was Masaka district woman MP in the 9th parliament but lost in the 2016 elections to Democratic Party’s Mary Babirye Kabanda. She was also the current chairperson of the NRM Women’s League in Masaka.
She was contesting with National Unity Platform (NUP)’s Harriet Nakiyemba Ssebufu and Joan Nalule (Independent), among others in next month’s general election.