By Patson Baraire
After the Electoral Commission made it clear that the 2021 would go on as scheduled and issued a clear roadmap to the effect, the race for Parliamentary seats has gained momentum and a number of aspiring candidates who had hesitated to declare their intentions have come out openly to canvass for support from the electorate.
Kinkizi West in Kanungu District is one area that several contestants have vowed to unseat the current Member of Parliament Hon James Ruggi Kaberuka who replaced Rt.Hon Amama Mbabazi in 2016.
Vanance Mujuni Moday , a State House employee has finally come out and declared that he will be contesting for the Kinkizi West Parliamentary Seat.
Born on 25th October 1964, Mujuni attended Runyinya and Bushoro Primary Schools before joining Kabale Secondary School for O Level and later Makobore High School for A level.
Mujuni later joined the then National College of Business Studies (NCBS) Nakawa where he pursued a Diploma in Hotel and Institutional Catering from where he joined State House as a Presidential Chef.
Between 1999 and 2002 , Mujuni thought it wise to upgrade his career and he undertook a Degree in Hospitality majoring in Tourism but continued his work as a Presidential Chef .
Mujuni told this reporter that his driving force into politics is a desire to put in practice what President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been preaching which is hinged on poverty alleviation by improving household incomes and creating self employment.
” I have lived with the President for quite a long time and have grasped well his massage of transforming Uganda from a peasantry state to a commercial state where households are involved in own income generating projects and that what I will focus on once in position of leadership” Mujuni said .
He also said that as a legislator who is expected to play an oversight role, he will work closely with the Local Governments to ensure that district and Sub county revenues are increased and this translate into structural development.
“Mine is structural and holistic approach to development by incorporating non formal business sector like brick making, piggery and Boda boda into foemal flourishing businesses because they create many employment opportunities which contribute to household incomes.
Mujuni also said that he will focus his energies on sensitisation of the Youth and women groups who more involved in production and marketing so that they practice value addition on what they produce in order to attract higher cost price for their produce.
” Heads are going to roll,
my team will not leave any one behind , it will be a holistic approach to transform people’s lives” He said.
Mujuni who is not shy to talk about his close association with the First Family said that once in Parliament, he will use his vast experience and connection to lobby for development for Kinkizi West and Kanungu District in general and fill exisiting gaps in education, health , water, infrastructure and also tackle environment issues all which feed into structural development.
“During my tenure at State House , I have gained international and diplomatic exposure which gives me an upper hand in lobbying from the Central Government and Donor community so that Kinkizi West and Kanungu District benefit greatly”.
Mujuni said that he has already laid the groundwork in entire Kinkizi West Constituency to reach out to the voters and his strength lies in the ring of agents he has strategically positioned in the area to support him reach out to the people.
Mujuni who intends to contest on the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party ticket said that he is not worried for the high number of other compitetitors who have expressed their interest in the same seat and assured that voters are now informed more than before to vote a leader who will deliver the much desired services to them.
Other people who have expressed their intentions to contest for Kinkizi West Parliamentary Seat include Gregory Mugabe (Chairman Kayonza Growers Tea Factory and former Kanungu District Head of Natural Resources), Dixon Ampumuza Kagurusi, Julius Mbabazi and Albert Benjamin Bakakugyema all who are on NRM ticket but lost to the incumbent Hon Kaberuka in 2016, youthful Brian Atuheire an opposition firebrand nicknamed ‘Unstoppable’ Ivan Rwakabogo and Nicholas Muhiire who are contesting on UPC ticket and new comer and little known Kahinda Adon who is also contesting on NRM ticket.