Who is Betty Nambooze?
Who is Betty Nambooze?

Who is Betty Nambooze? Flash Uganda Media looks at her biography, politics, Early Life, Education, Husband, House, Family, Work and Experience.

Betty Nambooze Bakireke aka Madam Teacher is a Ugandan journalist, lawyer and politician. She is the Mukono Municipality legislator, Mukono District. 

She’s very much known for politics subscribing to Democratic Party (DP), but recently Nambooze switched to National Unity Platform (NUP) a new political party unveiled in 2020 led by Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine

Early Life and Education

Hon Betty Nambooze Bakireke was born on 13 July 1969 in Mukono District, Central region of Uganda. She attended Bishops Senior Secondary School Mukono obtaining her Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) in 1986. 

Then in 1988 Nambooze obtained a certificate in Postal Officers Course at Posts and Telecommunications school Uganda. 

Later in 1998, she obtained a Diploma in Law at Uganda Law Development Centre (LDC), Kampala.

In 2010 Nambooze attained a Diploma in Development Studies at Uganda Martyrs University.

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Nambooze and Bakireke got married in November 2002, the two met in high school in the 1989s. FILE PHOTO

Work and Experience

Hon Betty Nambooze Bakireke is best known for parliamentary work.

She was first elected to Parliament in May 2010, in a by-election, running on the Democratic Party ticket as Mukono Municipality legislator, and defeated the then incumbent MP, Peter Bakaluba Mukasa of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).

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Nambooze was re-elected in 2011, 2016 and she’s again contesting for the same post in the coming 2021 general elections but this time on NUP ticket.

Before parliament, Nambooze worked as a news reporter for The New Vision and Bukedde Newspaper, between 1993 and 2000. 

2000 – 2004, she worked as a law enforcement officer for Mukono Town Council and prosecutor Uganda Courts of Judicature.

2004 – 2005, she served as a personnel officer Mukono Town Council. 

2000 and 2009, Nambooze worked as a radio presenter at CBS FM. 

2005 – 2010, Nambooze 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 that took place during the 2016 general elections. 

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.

On 13 August 2020, Nambooze dropped DP Party joining NUP. She crossed over to join forces with his fellow member of parliament Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert aka Bobi Wine the party president. 

Nambooze crossed over with her other party members on the DP Bloc. Together, the group is set on Mission 2021, a party mission to unseat the ruling party in the upcoming 2021 elections.

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She also served as a shadow Minister of Local Government parliament of Uganda in 2011. The outspoken lady is a Civic Educator Buganda Kingdom since 2008-date

Parliamentary Duties

Committee Member on Public Service and Local Government Accounts 

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She is the Mukono Municipality legislator, Mukono District.

Family    

Hon Betty Nambooze is married to Henry Bakireke and together they are parents of over 26 children, both biological and adopted.

Nambooze and Bakireke got married in November 2002, the two met in high school in the 1989s.

Controversy

While addressing aspiring candidate at the offices of Mukono District National Unity (NUP) Platform, Nambooze accused the Mukono Municipality Mayor, George Fred Kagimu together with Bishop Ssebaggala, with selfish interests, for conniving and closing down Bishop Central Primary School, a government-aided school.

She condemned Kagimu for having agreed to return the school to the foundation body (Mukono diocese) with intentions of enticing the church to extend the lease for the land on which the municipality headquarters are accommodated.

“What is unfortunate is the fact that even Bishop West Primary School which the church made private is yet to close for allegedly failing to pay teachers. I know the motive behind all this was not to improve on the standards of these schools because from 2016 when the church took over their full management, they have not even built a pit latrine. At the end of the day, they will declare that they have failed to run the schools and sell off the land.” Nambooze alleged.

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According to church, Nambooze’s remarks on the Bishop and the Diocese projects were false and undermining at the expense of building her political career.

Nambooze in August 2019 sued government for alleged torture during debate on the Constitutional Amendment Act 2018, which scrapped the presidential age limit.

She instituted a suit in the Civil Division of High Court through her lawyer; Erias Lukwago seeking compensation for the torture and brutality caused to her by soldiers and police officers on September 27th, 2017.

In August 2020, there was outrage between People Power/NUP supporters and Betty Nambooze Bakireke over her inconsistency and malicious engagement with different Presidential candidates in disregard of loyalty to one party or candidate.

The matter originated from a meeting that happened between Madam Teacher and Lt. Gen Henry Tumukunde, one of the 2021 presidential candidates that happened at Sema Gardens, along Jinja road in Mukono Municipality.