Kabarole Woman MP Victoria Rusoke Businge must be having some sleepless nights, after Peace Mutuuzo, a private secretary to President Museveni, declared her interest in the seat.
Mutuuzo told us last week that she resigned her State House job to serve her people, a dream she has nursed for a long time.
“I feel guilty that I have taken so long to offer myself to my people and I feel this is the time,” Mutuuzo said.
In her manifesto, Mutuuzo says Kabarole has fertile soils but previous leaders have not guided the locals on how to use the land to improve themselves.
“If you survey Kabarole, majority of the unemployed are graduates and this is because they lack a leader who can show them direction of being self-employed, but I’m now here to sort that out,” Mutuuzo said, adding that, for instance, she had trained many families and youths in mushroom growing.
Now 40, and a mother of one, Mutuuzo argues that Kabarole needs someone with the vision of skilling Ugandans for self-advancement. Her manifesto also talks of curbing domestic violence that she says is rampant in the district. Women, she says, can and should be more than cooks for their families.
“Women in Kabarole are spending most of their hours cooking yet they are graduates who can be more productive than just being cooks for their husbands,” Mutuuzo noted.
On her priorities, conserving the environment is a key issue she says every leader should take seriously.
“We are living in a hilly and mountainous area and I see people encroaching the slopes of the hills and no one seems to say anything, yet we have modern ways of using these hills while conserving the environment,” Mutuuzo says, citing tree growing as one of the interventions she is keen on.
Mutuuzo was born on May 2, 1975, in Rwimi sub-county, Bunyangabu county, Kabarole district. She attended St Peter’s and Paul primary school, Katikamu SDA secondary school, and later Mpanga secondary school in Fort Portal, where she was a head girl.
She holds a degree in Environmental Science from Makerere University and a master’s in public administration and management from Uganda Management Institute (UMI). Mutuuzo was also guild president at National Teachers College Kakoba in Mbarara, where she obtained a diploma in secondary education.