Since I have been working in different markets with different women, I know what women want and I’m going to parliament to act as a voice for grass root women.
In the run to the 2021 general elections, the race for Kampala Woman Parliamentary seat is heating up.
The latest entrant into the race is a market vendor at Kibuye Market, Shamim Nanfuma aged 27 who have expressed interest in replacing the current MP, Nabilah Naggayi.
Naggayi has indicated interests in unseating the Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago. Recently she was bounced by the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) as she sought its endorsement.
The others who have already expressed interest in the seat include Stella Nyanzi on the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) ticket, Shamim Malende, who has already sought support from People Power / National Unity Platform (NUP) ticket and Sumaya Muwonge, an independent.
Nanfuma shortly after picking nomination forms from the National Resistance Movement (NRM) secretariat at Kyadondo in Kampala recently said fellow contestants say they all have intentions of helping women in Kampala central to develop in all aspects of life which is not true.
‘For many years, women have been voting fellow women to represent them in parliament but very few, stand for the rights of women," she said.
She added "They only cater for their needs and forget the needs of those who sent them in parliament."
The grass root women, Nanfuma said are struggling to survive but very few women members of parliament come out to fight for the rights of fellow women.
She added; "Since I have been working in different markets with different women, I know what women want and I'm going to parliament to act as a voice for grass root women."
Women according to Nanfuma still need to be empowered with skills that can enable them fight for their well-being.
"They need financial, physical and emotional support. They have children to support and also have personal needs to cater for, "she notes.
She adds that the time is now to ensure collective women empowerment in Kampala is achieved as she urged for their support.