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Challenge men in LC polls, women urged

By Paul Watala

Added 23rd January 2017 11:01 AM

“Let us be bold and continue exhibiting our ability.”

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“Let us be bold and continue exhibiting our ability.”

PIC: State minister for local government Jennifer Namuyangu addressing women groups in Kibuku district. (Credit: Paul Watala)

“Women have all it takes to take up leadership positions especially in the areas of politics.”

These are remarks by state minister for local government Jennifer Namuyangu, who has pushed women to challenge men in the upcoming LC elections.

“We play many roles in the society. Our contributions to family, church, community and other sectors of the economy have been excellent thus paving the way for us to take up political positions,” she said.

“Let us be bold and continue exhibiting our ability.”

She told a group of about 400 women on Saturday that women have been good administrators at family level – by steering the affairs of their households.

The minister said the role of women in nation-building cannot be overlooked.

The saying that ‘what a man can do, a woman can do better’ is very true, added Namuyangu.

The weekend meeting was for the official launch of the Kirika Women’s SACCO in Kibuku district.

Do not shun the LC1 election because of fearing to line up, she told the group.

“Politics is over and there is the need for us to form a stronger SACCO and government is determined to support you. We have to worked extra hard to eradicate poverty in our households," said Namuyangu.

Meanwhile, she warned men against stealing money from their wives and encouraged them to instead join the group.

And her message to women: do not disrespect your husbands because having more financial muscle than them.

The minister contributed sh1m to the SACCO, which has been able to save more than sh7m over the last six months since its formation.

Iki-Iki constituency MP Robert Kasolo – the chief guest – said the worst enemies of Ugandans are still poverty, ignorance and sickness.

“I would like to say bravo to you women organizers of this SACCO and your husbands who allowed you to join the group. Your co-wife is not your worst enemy; poverty is,” he said.

“I commend your regrouping to other women organizers to emulate your shining example. We as Bugwere parliamentary forum will continue supporting you till victory is won.”

He said that biggest challenge in Bugwere is that men brag a lot despite the poverty at their door steps and that women leaders in SACCOs tend to leave the groups, which frustrates the efforts of other members.

Kirika Women SACCO chairperson Jessica Mugala appealed to government for more funding and decried lack of offices. She said that due to poverty and famine women have borrowed funds but failed to return.




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