“What else do you expect from the mouth of Betty Kamya, she knows that her career as a politician in Uganda without President Museveni is as short as her eyebrows” – Tamale Mirundi
Today, Beti Kamya the State Minister for Kampala, who was appointed by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in June 2016. Wouldn’t have a political career worth thinking about. If she wasn’t appointed by him and that she let her succeed Frank Tumwebaze in this role. Therefore, she is now playing one of the main antagonizer against the Forum for Democratic Change, but to understand all of this. Will show a little of her political history after showing the disregard she has for the party today. This is from the woman who at one point asked if Museveni had heart, to years later saying he was wiser than his whole cabinet. So if you want to know someone who tries to finesse herself politically, she is one of them.
““What is happening in FDC is very good for Uganda for many reasons, because it teaches us about real life politics in Uganda,” Kamya said. She said it is hypocritical for some FDC leaders to criticise NRM yet they are worse. “I am one of the persons who have faced the party’s wrath when the party’s constitution was changed during the nomination day, so what Winnie Kiiza is talking about has not started today but way back when the party has just started,” she said” (Esther Namutamba -’ Beti Kamya “happy” that FDC is in turmoil, says party has tasted its bitter medicine’ 07.08.2018 link: http://nilepost.co.ug/2018/08/07/beti-kamya-happy-that-fdc-is-in-turmoil-says-party-has-tasted-its-bitter-medicine/).
(1)Failed in Reform Agenda and needed FDC:
“Ms Kamya had argued that the criterion used by the FDC leadership to select the national chairman contravened the party constitution and showed discrimination against the Baganda, her tribe, within the party. She lost her post as minister of agriculture in the FDC shadow cabinet. Ms Kamya did exceptionally well in the 2006 elections, polling more than double the number of votes of her nearest contender, Mr Kayongo Tom (NRM). But will Ms Kamya poll so well without FDC support? Rubaga North has in the last two presidential elections consistently voted for Dr Kizza Besigye, who received 51.3 per cent of the votes in 2001 as head of the transient Reform Agenda and 55.1 per cent in 2001 as FDC flag bearer. She failed in her 2001 attempt to enter Parliament as a representative with the Reform Agenda. Some FDC officials say Ms Kamya’s victories in the constituency are because of her association with the party” (Katherine Haywood and Flavia Nalubega – ‘Rubaga North seat: Kamya abandons FDC’ 14.01.2010 link: http://www.monitor.co.ug/SpecialReports/688342-842382-otd4lxz/index.html).
(2) Before 2016:
“They reportedly told her to admit that she miscalculated when she took the decision to contest for the highest office and asked her not to waste time again. Ms Kamya was a contestant in the 2011 Ugandan presidential elections. However, Ms Kamya, who accepted to contest for Parliament next year, is said to have told her supporters that she participated in the 2011 elections not to win but to launch the federal ideology outside Buganda; she calls it ‘Ugandanisation’ of federo. Apparently, Ms Kamya’s return has taken current Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante by surprise since he thought the former FDC strong lady would contest for presidency again” (Daily Monitor – ‘Kasibante on tension over Beti Kamya’s return’ 27.01.2015 link: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Kasibante-on-tension-over-Beti-Kamya-s-return/688334-2603590-nk1s8uz/index.html).
(2)After 2016 elections:
“Rubaga North Member of Parliament Moses Kasibante has retained his seat after successfully protesting what he called manipulation of the original results recorded at the polling stations. Kasibante garnered 17,802 votes representing 34% of the total votes cast. His immediate rival, former area MP Beti Kamya got 16,664 votes which is 32% of the vote. Kamya, the Uganda Federal Alliance party president, had been provisionally announced as winner yesterday forcing Kasibante to protest. Kasibante and his team queried the results which were being tallied alleging that the number of votes had been manipulated to favour Kamya” (Beatrice Nyangoma – ‘Kasibante Retains Rubaga North Seat’ 20.02.2016 link: https://ugandaradionetwork.com/story/kasibante-successfully-protests-election-irregularities-retains-lubaga-north-mp-seat).
As we see, she should be little more humble on her place, as she has her sponsor and only has a political life because of Museveni. Therefore, her throwing shade is a bit bitter. We can see that it didn’t work out in the Reform Agenda, but when she joined the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) in 2006, she got enough votes to become a Member of Parliament because of the support of the party. From there she went to another party and founded Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA), where she ran for President in 2011. Where she got 52,782 votes and just a 1000 more votes, than Abed Bwanika; shows how little her reach was. However, she tried to run on the UFA platform for 2016 MP in Rubaga North, than against incumbent Moses Kasibante, the Erias Lukwago affiliate and Independent Candidate in the Rugaba Division. Therefore, she lost and wasn’t even in Parliament for the second time.
She wouldn’t have been in Parliament and in the Cabinet if it wasn’t for Museveni. When she had the support of the FDC, she won a seat in 2006 to 2011. However, by that time she gotten disgruntled, as she tried to go through the ranks, but the party didn’t deliver to her fast enough. Lost internal-party elections and didn’t get positions. That is why as the one in it to finesse it, she had to start her own and did so. However, that didn’t work well. She is now promising big wins in the opposition stronghold. Maybe, if she was sincere and knew the reality, she knows these are lies. But that helps her cause, which is serving Museveni.
And with her hypocrisy the Rugaba Division in Kampala, should know how she has changed. From being a full-blown Museveni critic, to become her vocal supporter. Going from Reform Agenda, supported and parts of FDC into UFA where it all failed and now appointed by the NRM. However, still being bitter that the Independent Kasibante, Lukwago affiliate can win over her in the polls. She has clearly a missed message and lack of real message. That is why she is mad at the FDC. Because, she haven’t had a real elected positions since she was in the FDC.
Kamya need to work on herself. Unless, she wants to be crony and loyalists for a cause, which is on rotten cause by the dictator. Where she has no way after the fall and where she will struggle to find shelter after Museveni is gone. Because everyone knows what she is and how little real she is. Peace.