By Nasser Kasozi Akandwanaho
Former leader of Opposition in parliament and Kasese Woman Member of parliament, Winnie Kiiza is has joined Opposition Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) party National Coordinator, the party has announced.
Winnie Kiiza was unveiled at the ANT press conference held at the party headquarters on Wednesday.
“I ask the members of the press to join the rest of us to welcome home someone who does not need much introduction. The woman Member of Parliament for Kasese District, the former leader of opposition in Parliament, the Hon Winnie Kiiza, you are most welcome,” the ANT National organizing Secretary Alice Alaso announced.
“We are very excited to receive Hon Kiiza home, you are extremely welcome,” she added.
The legislator [Winne Kiiza] who recently declare her intentions to quit active politics was on Wednesday unveiled at a press conference held today at ANT party national headquarters, at Buganda Road in Kampala.
Winnie Kiiza becomes the fourth Member of Parliament to join ANT after her colleagues, Hon Paul Mwiru (Jinja Municipality), Hon Gerald Karuhanga (Ntungamo Municipality) and Hon Kassiano Wadri (Arua Municipality).
Winnie Kiiza was welcomed with chanting and ululation as she joined recent recruits, Paul Mwiru (Jinja East), Gerald Karuhanga (Ntungamo).
“When we talk about Winnie Kiiza, we are talking about a woman of integrity, a very firm and assertive personality. We are happy to receive home as an institution builder. Winnie Kiiza’s coming home means a lot for this party and this country,” Alaso said.
Speaking at the same event Winnie Kiiza said “today I have taken a decision to become an active member of the ANT.”
“A month ago I announced to the nation that I was not seeking reelection for the woman MP seat and people started wondering what next. I said I will continue to pursue justice, change, good values, good governance and all those will be pursued but with the ANT at my home,” she added.
Kiiza thanked the FDC for working with her and said she does not regret working with the opposition party.
“I don’t think they also regret working with me, but I come here because I believe in the values that the ANT espouses. I want t to be part of those who will out building blocks for this political party to create hope for the majority of Ugandans who have seemingly lost hope. I thank ANT for creating a home that gives us hope,” Kiiza said.
Winnie Kiiza who has been Woman MP for Kasese District for nearly 15 years and on opposition ticket served as leader of opposition in parliament and recently announced that she was quitting active politics.
Winnie Kiiza however, said that she will continue to push for good governance, human dignity, equality and justice.
The Homeland Newspaper has learnt that, Winnie Kiiza [Kasese district woman MP] is destined to be the Chairperson of Alliance Transformation Party, a position that fits in her earlier decision to retire from active politics.
Winnie Kiiza said fellow legislators Paul Mwiru and Kassiano Wadri paved way for her joining ANT.
According to the ANT Constitution, the Chairperson of the party is not allowed to contest for political positions.