Winnie Kiiza Quits Active Politics at 47

  • by Rodney Mponye
  • July 15, 2020

The former Leader of Opposition, Ms Winnie Kiiza has quit elective politics after serving for three terms.

Kizza said that she will remain active with the forces of change but will not offer herself for political positions in the 2021 general elections.

“I have continuously talked about overstaying in power, I will not be different if I sought office this time. I know the people of Kasese loved me and wanted me to continue being their Member of Parliament,” she said.

“It’s a job I loved doing because I knew I had the backing of my people had their support. I want to thank you for the support you’ve given me,” Kiiza added on Tuesday while addressing the media.

Kiiza joined  full-time politics in 1996 to 2001 political season, during which she served on the Kasese District Local Council as the District Secretary for Finance. In 2001, she was reelected to the district council, serving as Secretary for Education and later Secretary for Social Services.

She contested the Kasese District Women’s parliamentary seat in 2006, on the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) political party ticket. She won and was elected in 2011[5] and in 2016.

In May 2016, Kiiza, at age 44, was appointed Leader of Opposition in the parliament of Uganda, making her the first woman to assume that position in the history of the country.

Kiiza was born on November 1972, in Nsenyi Village, Kisinga sub-county, Kasese District, in the Western Region of Uganda.

Her mother, Modesty Muke, was a supporter of the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) political party, while her father, Kanyere Constance Muke, belonged to the Democratic Party (DP).

Kiiza’s father died when she was ten years old, leaving her care and that of her siblings in the hands of a single unemployed mother.

She attended Nsenyi Primary School, Kajwenge Primary School and Kisinga Primary School for her elementary education. For her O-Level studies, she attended Saadi Memorial Secondary School, transferring to Saint Maria Goretti School in Fort Portal for her final two years of high school.

Later she attended National College of Business Studies (NCBS), in Nakawa, Kampala, at the time it transformed into Makerere University Business School (MUBS).