Kyalya joins CP vows to bring down NRM government by 2021
By Serestino Tusingwire
Former independent female presidential candidate Maureen Walube Kyalya has joined the Conservative Party (CP) in a move she says is aimed at mobilizing and uplifting the poor such that by the time of the next elections, the party will have established itself right from the village level.
Kyalya, 42, who was one of the eight candidates in the 2016 presidential race, says she needs to work within a party that has an objective of promoting democracy just like how Conservative Party advocates.
“Am joining Conservative Party, a party that puts Uganda first before anybody else. But we are not only conservatives, we are planning on how we shall bring down the NRM government”, she said.
Kyalya said this on Thursday on the sidelines of an orientation workshop for Mbale district leaders.
She added that she wants to empower women and protect their property especially land which they have lost because of the current government that does not prioritize protection of women’s rights.
In a telephone interview, CP party president John Ken Lukyamuzi confirmed that Kyalya had expressed interest in joining the party.
He noted that as a party they are privileged because they are sure that Kyalya’s political background will put CP to another level.
“We believe in federalism a thought that Kyalya shares. We believe in empowering women …Kyalya believes in our political thinking. We are more than glad that she chose us among the many.”
In the 2011 general elections, Kyalya contested for Jinja woman MP under the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) ticket but lost to Agnes Nabirye of NRM.
In July 2012, she was named coordinator of the National Poverty Alleviation Programme in Busoga sub region, working under State House.
After losing the polls in February, Kyalya went back to UK where she had worked as a social worker before joining politics.