Butaleja—August 13, 2020: With the political temperature boiling up ahead of the much anticipated 2021 general elections, the Butaleja District Woman, MP Milly Mugeni is facing one of the toughest races in her political life.
The re-entry of former MP, Florence Andiru Nebanda, who joined parliament in 2013 to 2016 after a byelection following the tragic demise of her younger sister Cerinah Nebanda, has changed the political terrain for the incumbent.
Driving her campaign drive under the slogan “Service Delivery to the Ordinary People”, Nebanda promises to put the district that was carved from the mother Tororo in 2005 to the limelight again.
According to the 2014 census report released by Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), Butaleja has a total population of 244,153 with 119,466 males and 124,687 females, also with one of the highest illiteracy level in the country.
The district has 123 primary schools, 18 secondary schools and four tertiary institutions but does not have a single tarmacked road and the main forms of transport are motorcycles, commonly known as boda-bodas.
Formerly a county known as Bunyole, Butaleja was part of Tororo district with so many socio-economic development challenges including teenage pregnancies which require combined efforts from visionary leaders.
“…I am here offering myself to be the voice of my people who have been literally requesting me to once again continue from where I stopped in 2016…,” the soft-spoken, humble and amiable Nebanda quips.
A human resource specialist by profession, Nebanda believes leadership is about connectivity and empowering the community with information so that they can make informed choices.
The 35-year-old graduate of the University of Bedfordshire in the UK has already won hearts among the youth and women who see her as their most suitable representative.
According to one of the campaign managers called Hire Arafat Balugambire, all signs are showing that Nebanda is the favorite candidate destined for victory.
“…her track record of the success stories registered during her three years coupled with that of the sister has made campaigns very easy among the locals who are eagerly waiting only to cast votes…,” Balugambire told this digital publication.
Who is Florence Andiru Nebanda?
Nebanda who is the firstborn in a family of eight children (one boy, seven girls) holds a master’s degree in international human resource management from the University of Bedfordshire (UK).
She got her first degree (Bachelors of Human Resource) from the University of East London in 2008 after completing her UACE from Katikamu SDA Secondary School in Wobulenzi, Luwero district in 2003.
Nebanda whose love for netball is beyond doubt exhibited this hobby by participating in the Parliamentary Netball Competition while an MP in the 9th parliament where she was the envy of many.
While in Parliament, the ever smiling Nebanda was a member of the Budget and Presidential Affairs Committee, which provided her with a wealth of experience as a legislator.
“I have always loved and participated in netball and leadership from my primary through high school days and my university studies, it keeps me fresh and happy…” she remarks.
Locally here, Nebanda loves the national soccer team, the Uganda Cranes, but equally does not hide her love for Manchester United when it comes to European teams.
During her leisure time, one finds the NRM’s Nebanda reading her Bible, motivational novels or engaged in some social interaction with young females, single mothers and women with disabilities.
Known by friends as an introvert, the Munyole girl has left the sensitive question of her marital status is a ‘no-go area’ and only known to her, but credible sources say she will unveil the soul mate during her swearing in ceremony in parliament next year.