By Ivan Mwine
Mukono municipality Member of Parliament Betty Bakireke Nambooze is currently hospitalized and battling for her life.
Moles reveal that Nambooze was rushed to Lubaga Hospital last week after she developed severe health complications.
According Hajj Elias Lukwago, the Kampala city Lord Mayor, Nambooze is suffering from health complications that developed from the several run-ins with police that she has been involved in over the years.
However, Lukwago asserts that although Nambooze was referred for specialized medical attention in India, the Medical Board plays hide and seek whenever she attempts to request for funds to facilitate the same.
“Prayers for our dear sister, the Hon MP Bakireke Nambooze currently hospitalised at Lubaga Hospital,” Lukwago said on social media.
He added that; “She developed health complications arising out of the grave bodily injuries she’s been nursing for years since the state-orchestrated violence that marred the togikwatako proceedings in Parliament. The complications have of late occasioned loss of balance and intermittent falling. The review earlier scheduled by her physicians in India is overly delayed by the sluggishness of the Medical Board, among other things. The physicians at Lubaga Hospital have decided to conduct some surgical operations to ameliorate the gravity of the complications.”
Nambooze was first elected to parliament in May 2010, when in a by-election, running on the Democratic Party ticket, she defeated then incumbent MP, Peter Bakaluba Mukasa of the ruling National Resistance Movement.
According to her parliamentary profile, Nambooze worked as a news reporter (stringer), between 1993 and 2000.
From 2000 until 2004, she worked as a law enforcement officer and From 2004 until 2005, she served as a personnel officer.
She worked as a radio presenter between 2000 and 2009 at CBS FM.
From 2005 until 2010, she served as the Spokesperson for the Democratic Party in Uganda.
On 24 February 2016, she was briefly arrested along with MP-elect Moses Kasibante for revealing documents describing election fraud taking place during that year’s general election.
Nambooze has been arrested on numerous occasions on various politically-motivated, often trumped-up charges, but she has not as of yet been convicted in any court of law.
Her life has also been threatened and reports indicate that she was some time back poisoned because of her political activities.
On 13 August 2020, Nambooze was declared a member of “National Unity Platform” political party joining forces with his fellow member of parliament “Kyagulanyi Sentamu Robert” a.k.a. “Bobi Wine” the party president . Together with her other party members, Nambooze are set on “Mission 2021” a party mission to unseat the ruling party in the upcoming the 2021 elections.
In the 2021 parliamentary elections, Namboze won another term of office (2021-2026) to represent Mukono municipality on the NUP ticket after defeating her closest competitors Mr George Fred Kagimu of Democratic Party (DP) and Abbas Ssozi of National resistance Movement (NRM).
On 19th October 2021 the police probed an attack on honorable Betty Nambooze’s home where they recovered two brad new pangas in a sack in a small garden of tomatoes, although the investigation report has since then not seen the day of light.