Presidential nominations in Uganda have ended with the penultimate nominee being independent candidate Nancy Kalembe.
The former television news anchor becomes the only lady expected on the 2021 ballot but importantly fourth since Uganda started electoral democracy in 1996.
“Great leadership and not good leadership is what I bring to the fore. Leadership that is inseparable of integrity and one that is all-inclusive for a Ugandan good especially on issues of leadership, health, education, and the economy” said Kalembe.
Kalembe intends her government to be accountable, open, and future-focused and not to dwell on what has happened but improve the present and plan for the future.
“When we discuss health and education, for instance, it’s about human resource, welfare and a paradigm shift that will improve Uganda’s international presence and not as a third world country”.
About Covid-19, Nancy described Africa as the cradle of mankind and one in which ailments can be healed naturally but “promises to equip hospitals with necessary medications to reduce avoidable deaths”.
On education Nancy Kalembe was particular. “If you want to destroy the society, then undervalue a teacher,” she said with a promise to overhaul the education system to enable a better quality of graduates.
Plans to secure economic empowerment to fight poverty and unemployment will feature prominently during her campaign trail.
Nancy Kalembe joins an exclusive list of eminent Ugandan women that have eyed the Presidency.
The others are Miriam Obote Kalule(2006), Beti Kamya(2011), and Maureen Kyalya(2016).