Ugandans will be heading to polls on January 14, 2021. This will be the sixth presidential election to be held in the landlocked country after previous ones in 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2016.
In all these instances, incumbent Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been winning albeit an outcry of election irregularities from the opposition.
After 34 years in power, Museveni wants to retain power but 10 other candidates want to unseat him.
In the midst of men candidates, one lady is going against the odds- Nancy Linda Kalembe.
The 40-year-old has anchored her campaigns on Empowering local women (By enabling empowered women to work equally in all the productive sectors), standing with everyone (by working towards sustainable and inclusive local development: local resource-based approaches and decent job creation), and working with law enforcers.
With over 20 years of working experience in the public and private sector in East and West Africa, Nancy says that she brings the much needed and valuable experience that Uganda needs to turn around.
Before immersing herself into the murky waters of Uganda’s presidential race, she was working for an international oil company she single headedly set up from scratch before any other employee was brought on board.
Mission 56 movement
The independent candidate has also anchored her campaigns on the Mission 56 Movement, which seeks to return Uganda back to its basics of reweaving her moral and social fabrics.
This, she says, will establish a foundation on which all Ugandans can stand to build a vibrant economy and a bright future.
“With focused and timely interventions in the pillars of Faith, Family, Education, Economy, Media, Arts and Sport, and Leadership, we will initiate transformation that will spread throughout the 56 tribes of our nation,” says Nancy.
Perhaps Nancy’s exemplary leadership skills under tight conditions were further put to task on November 2, 2020, during the nomination of presidential candidates.
Nancy turned up at Kyambogo University cricket grounds with her team, but Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama turned her away because she failed to prove that she had paid the Sh20 million (Kes604,000) nomination fees.
Without wanting to engage her team in ‘a question and answer session’ to find out who caused the mishap, she immediately took responsibility and acted on the next steps to take in order to solve the situation.
The next day, she turned up at the venue fully sorted, Justice Byabakama cleared her for the race.
“Though I work with a team, I did not want to begin asking different members what went wrong or who failed to play their role somewhere. My focus then was solving the problem and doing the forensics afterwards,” Nancy told The Daily Monitor.