Kasese District Woman Member of Parliament Winnie Kiiza has on Tuesday announced that she is stepping down ffrom active politics and will not be seeking re-election come 2021. Kiiza has been in actyive politics for 22 years.
In a letter posted on her official facebook page, Ms Kiiza said it has been an incredible honour and privilege to serve the people of Kasese District, first as a District Councillor representing the people of Kyondo-Kisinga sub-counties for seven years and then as Kasese District Woman Representative in the Parliament of Uganda since 2006.
“Over the course of the last twenty-two years, I have been blessed with opportunities to serve my country in various leadership capacities” she said.
Hon Kiiza thanked her Party the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) under the leadership of Dr. Kizza Besigye and then Maj.Gen.(Rtd) Mugisha Muntu for according her opportunities that highlighted her leadership qualities, including serving as the first female leader of the Opposition in the political history of Uganda.
“I wish to inform you of my decision to not seek re-election for the Kasese District Woman Representative seat in the forthcoming general election. For a long time we have talked against overstay in power, and I think it's the right time to take the lead. I can only feel successful if I participate in the election of my successor so that together we can shape the destiny of our community” she said.
Ms Kiiza added that she is grateful to the people of Kasese district for placing their trust in and according her the privilege to serve them and our country at large.
“I have much respect for all individuals, groups, organisations and institutions that support all my efforts, and it’s my humble prayer that you be rewarded” she noted.
Hon Kiiza in a special way thanked her husband Hon. Bwambale Yokasi Bihande, family and friends for supporting her all through the journey.
“As I am about to take leave, I want to give you assurance that I will continue holding on to the struggle for good governance, human dignity, equality and justice. Lastly but most importantly, I thank God, by his grace, we have been able to come this far” she writes.
In the corridors of power, it is being said that Winnie Kiiza will be joining the next group of EALA members. It is also remembered that Kiiza had lost popularity within the FDC party for supporting Gen Mugisha Muntu’s ANT Party.