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When a woman understands how to run a home, she is close to understanding the problems of running a country. Uganda is blessed with courageous women who can’t be ignored in political growth of the Pearl of Africa.

From the past general election and beyond, these women have steered the course of the country in a usually male-dominated environment.

They have made distinct impact with their selfless works, and their ambitions have brought them national and international recognition. As Uganda joins the rest of the world to commemorate the International Women’s Day – they are the most powerful women in our political arena in no specific order.

Beti Kamya-Turwomwe, Kampala minister

Beti Kamya-Turwomwe, Kampala minister

Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA) president Beti Kamya raised a lot of dust when she appointed Minister in charge of Kampala city and is yet to stop.

She was born in Nakuru, Kenya on 30 November 1955 but was a candidate in the 2011 presidential elections, coming in fifth with 52,782 votes. She previously served as the MP representing Lubaga North Constituency on the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) ticket from 2006 until 2010.

Kamya’s deployment to KCCA, according to sources, is to help heal the wounds, and correct the wrongs that turned Kampala against Museveni and his ruling NRM party.

A few days ago, it was revealed she had written to the IGP, Gen Kale Kayihura, requesting for 300 police officers to support the existing law enforcement officers in the city after being accused of taking a bribe from city businessman, Mr Hamis Kiggundu who demolished Park Yard Market without authorisation from KCCA.

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