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Stella Nyanzi: 10 reasons why I support Patrick Oboi Amuriat’s 2021 presidential bid

By Stella Nyanzi

I quickly give 10 reasons why I support President Engineer Patrick Oboi Amuriat (POA) for president in the forthcoming (2021) national elections in Uganda.

Dr Stella Nyanzi.
Dr Stella Nyanzi. Photo: Courtesy

I counter those who question his ability to either lead or win. I also show that for me, it is much more than belonging to the same political party.

1. POA was a Member of Parliament for fifteen (15) years. During this time, he sat on different committees, including leading the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase). He is not a novice at Uganda’s politics.

2. POA worked for twenty-six (26) years in the public service. He knows the hustles of the common man in Uganda.

3. POA professionally trained and qualified as an Engineer. He did the due diligence and hard work of preparing himself for a specific profession.

4. POA is the outgoing party president of my political party, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), who stepped down in order to join the national presidential race. He took over the helm of leadership in FDC after contesting democratically against a Major [Maj Gen (Rtd) Gregg Mugisha Muntu] in the military.

5. POA believes in the defiance mode of contesting for civil and political rights of oppressed Ugandans. He does not only support activism for social justice and human rights, but also has a record of participating in civil actions.

6. POA’s support-base is national in character because he rallies support from Eastern, Western, Northern, Southern and Central Uganda. Uganda needs a leader with a broad base of supporters who can unite the regions.

7. POA actively works with others involved in the liberation struggle to reclaim power from dictator Museveni. He is a trusted opposition member who has several viable policy alternatives.

8. POA is a personable and down-to-earth leader who reaches out to those whom he leads. He visited me each time I was imprisoned at Luzira Women Prison. Whenever he visited me in this maximum security prison, be brought me the sweetest pineapples, conversation and encouragement.

Patrick Oboi Amuriat
Patrick Oboi Amuriat

9. POA is the only presidential candidate on offer whose word I can trust. His word is his bond. He keeps his promises. He is consistent. When he says he will lead us to do this or the other, we can trust him to stick to his guidance. He is transparent. He is solid. He does not waver. He is dependable.

10. Although we come from different ethnic tribes, different religions, different districts, different professions, different genders, different classes, etc. I am supporting POA because he is the only tested and trusted presidential candidate for me!

Dr Stella Nyanzi is a Kampala woman parliamentary aspirant

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