Host: Frank Oyugi
Prossy, welcome to the TND News’ program, TNDQuestions. Your name has become a firebrand in the political cycle. How would you describe yourself to our readers?
Prossy: I am Langol Prossy, a politician and a businesswoman, simple, down to earth, easily approachable, ambitious and self-driven. I always thrive on challenges and set goals for myself, which makes me have something to strive towards. I am constantly looking for opportunities to do better and achieve greatness.
You seem to have a lot of passion for politics and development. What inspired you to join politics?
Prossy: When joining politics, I knew my relationship of living with people would improve and that would make me contribute easily to the development of my community and nation. I knew I would understand people as well as they do understand me, since politics is about making agreements between people so that they can live together.
Do you have female politicians or women in leadership that you look up to as your source of inspiration?
Prossy: Yes I do. There are a number of female politicians whom because of their political affiliations and active engagements, have contributed to the development of their communities and careers. They are true inspirations to many. Hon Betty Bigombe, Hon Auma Linda and Rt. Hon Robina Nabbanja, the Prime Minister of Uganda.
Most people have a lot of reservations for women in politics. What do you have to say to such people?
Prossy: Paving the way for more women in the politics, business, and in other arena is an investment and equitable if we need to have a peaceful society.
Girls and women have a right to engage in civil society, take part in elections, get elected to government offices, serve on boards, and make their voices heard in any process that will ultimately affect them, their families, and their communities. Investing in girls and women’s right to political participation is a necessary step toward achieving global gender equality and democratic governance. Therefore, let women and girls be given a chance to take part in free politics.
Prossy: During the election for NRM CEC officials, you were very proactive and mobilized for Rt. Hon Speaker Jacob Oulanyah. How did you manage this highly polarized situation?
Prossy: It’s all about choice, the right candidate, past experience and competence that attracts people to a particular candidate. It was very easy to mobilize for Rt. Hon Speaker Jacob Oulanyah because of his attributes and personal relations with the people.
Just as electoral system choice will affect the way in which the political party system develops, the political party system in place affects electoral system choice. Existing parties are unlikely to support changes that are likely to disadvantage them, or changes that open the possibility of new rival parties gaining entry to the political party system, unless there is a strong political imperative. The range of options for electoral system change may thus be constrained in practice.
Different kinds of electoral system also result in different relationships between individual candidates and their supporters. In general, systems which make use of single-member electoral districts, such as most plurality/majority systems, are seen as encouraging individual candidates to see themselves as the delegates of particular geographical areas and beholden to the interests of their local electorate.
By contrast, systems which use large multi-member districts, such as most PR systems, are more likely to deliver representatives whose primary loyalty lies with their party on national issues. Both approaches have their merits, which is the reason for the rise in popularity of mixed systems that combine both local and national-level representatives.
Some of the NRM supporters in Lango scolded you for mobilizing against Hon. Sam Engola, what have you done about it?
Prossy: Well, there are no constant enemies in politics; let’s continue to work together and make Lango a better place. In politics, you can’t support two candidates ago. Supporting one candidate does not mean mobilizing against the other, power belongs to the people.
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Let’s talk about leadership, challenges and opportunities in Lango. What is your take?
Prossy: Individuals can benefit from knowing their experiences are not isolated, and they can feel more confident reaching out to others for help to face these challenges. Delegate more, understand your preferences.
Knowing the people we are leading and their interest and expectations in our leadership, we should be clear about the purpose of our leadership. .
Be proactive. Regardless of the situation, it’s important for leaders to do something. Be creative, face conflict squarely. We should keep our objectivity, look for opportunities to collaborate, reach out for help in facing internal challenges.
With these, we can make Lango a better place.
What is your advice to young women who are harbouring political and leadership roles in the society?
Prossy: Politics is not easy and it won’t be anytime soon. So please, handle politics to the best of your strengths and respect; empower yourself by understanding your strengths and ability and use them to overcome your weaknesses, but above all, engage others.
Where should we hope to see you in the next five years?
Prossy: To be honest, I cannot tell. I try to get a variety of political experiences, to find my calling politically, some meaningful purpose, some big goal I can follow in my life. Of course, just like everyone else, I see what’s happening around me, the problems we are facing right now with Covid-19. I’d love to contribute and be part of everyone else in solving, so we can preserve this wonderful place for the future generations. But what exactly my role will be, and what job I will have in five years’ time? I cannot really tell right now.
Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Prossy: I want to thank TND News for the constant updates and for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts with the population. I would also like to encourage by brothers and sisters in active politics to serve and address the interest of the common persons so that together we create Uganda a better place for everyone.
Thank you for accepting our interview on TNDQuestions
Prossy: I thank you.
Our next Guest is the NRM Secretary General, Rt. Hon. Richard Todwong on 17, August 2021.