East Africa

Uganda: Hon. Maria Mutagamba: I Will Not Seek Re-election in 2016

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Maria Mutagamba, the Rakai District Woman Member of Parliament says she will not seek re-election in 2016. The 62-year-old Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage Minister says she will be retiring from active politics in 2016 after more than 30 years of service.
She explains that the previous campaigns left her weak.

Mutagamba has been Rakai district woman Member of Parliament since 2006. According to Mutagamba, she has achieved at least 90% of her political aspirations in the district during her thirty year of service.
She lists planting trees around Rakai district, provision of clean water to residents, and promoting political stability as some of her achievements. Mutagamba says that she has been able to unite warring NRM leaders in the district hence promoting dominance of the ruling party.

Mutagamba, who joined politics at 31years, says at the time, HIV AIDS prevalence was 40% in the district but it has reduced during her tenure.

Several leaders have welcomed the decision by Mutagamba to retire from politics and also disputed her perceived achievements.
Jane Francis Kagaayi, the Rakai Women Council Chairperson says although Mutagamba claims to have achieved a lot, water scarcity is still a major problem in the district. She cites the stalled eight billion shillings water project in Kagamba Sub County.
Kagaayi claims that Mutagamba did not consult the people of Kooki before introducing the stalled bulky water project.


Mutagamba served as a banking officer, with Bank of Uganda between 1976 and 1980. She served as a Director of the Bank of Uganda, from 1991 until 1999. She was a Constituent Assembly Delegate between 1994 and 1995.
Between 1999 and 2000, she served as the Deputy Secretary General of the Democratic Party before she defected to NRM after President Yoweri Museveni helped her to clear a debt of 10 million shillings she owed Celtel.

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