Uganda’s First Lady, Janet Kataaha Museveni, will not seek re-election as Ruhaama County MP in next year’s general elections, New Vision Online has learnt.
First Lady Janet Museveni
Mrs Museveni, who is also the minister for Karamoja affairs, has represented Ruhaama in Ntungamo district for ten years.
Upon election in 2006, she promised a new chapter for Ruhaama. She said her victory had demonstrated that it was possible to win an election in Uganda without giving material items such as sugar or salt to the electorate.
In her maiden 20-minute public address to her constituents, Janet said: “Today, we have begun a new chapter in Ruhaama. Let us fight household poverty so that our achievements are reflected in 2011.”
Then she was speaking at a thanksgiving service and luncheon she hosted to celebrate the NRM victory in Ruhama county.
Mrs Museveni trounced Augustine Ruzindana with 50,944 votes against 15,420.
Quoting from the bible, Janet said: “God looks at people’s hearts and chooses them. When David was still young and (Prophet) Samuel came to the father to elect David, the dad, Jesse, did not bother calling David because they all knew what had brought Samuel was of no concern to David.