Uganda’s First Lady to retire

Uganda's First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Janet Museveni

Uganda’s First Lady Janet Museveni

The First Lady of Uganda Janet Kataaha Museveni will not seek re-election for the Ruhama County seat in Parliament, She announced in a statement this week.

“I now have no doubt at all in my mind that this is what God intended for me in this season; that in the coming elections of 2016, I will not offer myself as a candidate for Ruhaama Constituency Parliamentary seat”. However, for now, I am still serving until the end of my term,” the statement reads. She has represented the area for two 5-year terms since 2006.

Below is her statement in full

The people of Ruhaama my friends

The Leaders,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Youth and all you who are listening to me

I greet you all in love and thank you for the work you do on a daily basis.

I thank you so much because of the evident work that you do in food production, feeding your families well and income generating projects. I know that now many of the homes have some income and that is evident in the modern homes that have come up. Above all I thank God who has enabled you to do this work.

Now, friends, what I want to say to you today is something I have been thinking and praying about for some time. I have sought God’s guidance and assurance about it. Therefore I now have no doubt at all in my mind that this is what God intended for me in this season; that in the coming elections of 2016, I will not offer myself as a candidate for Ruhaama Constituency Parliamentary seat.

However, for now, I am still serving until the end of my term. Therefore, I would like you to stay calm because I am still here, but I want you all to know that I will not stand in 2016.

It was important for me that you do not hear it as a rumor, I wanted to give you this information personally and this is what I have done. It is my prayer that God grants you peace and blessings always.

My plea is that you understand me and accept this message with grace. I want us to remain united and together pray for Ruhaama during the coming elections. I also pray that Ruhaama will stay peaceful so that we continue to develop our area as we have been doing.

Yours in service

Janet K. Museveni

MP, Ruhaama County