When the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) lost its chairperson for Kayunga district, Harriet Nakwedde, and her entire executive to the National Unity Platform (NUP), a 23-year-old girl, Brenda Nakaddu stepped in to run the affairs of the party in preparation for the 2021 general elections.
Since September when the entire FDC executive in the district defected to NUP, she remained all alone doing mobilization for her party, its presidential flag bearer, Patrick Amuriat Oboi, and her candidacy for the Woman MP slot.
The former student of Namagabi Secondary School traverses the district on a motorcycle everyday canvassing for votes and support for her party.
Nakaddu said that she is in touch with the national secretariat to keep FDC’s torch in the district burning as they prepare to re-constitute their district leadership after the general elections.
Her boldness surprised her family. Geoffrey Ssengonzi, her father, said that when she stepped up to keep the FDC candle burning and at the same time challenge prominent politicians like the former ICT state minister, Idah Erios Nantaba, the family was excited and encouraged her to push on with the campaign.
Her biggest challenge was finding candidates for the FDC and, when she realized that no one had shown interest in the Woman MP seat as an FDC candidate, she picked nomination forms and was eventually nominated as a Parliamentary candidate for the Woman MP seat.
The party also fielded Samuel Sserumaga for Ntenjeru North, Francis Mutyaba for Ntenjeru South and Abdul Muliika for the Bbaale County seat.
On her campaign trail, Nakaddu is promising the electorate better schools, better markets and equipment for farmers in the district.
Nakaddu is in the race with Nantaba (Independent), Nakwedde (NUP) Agatha Nalubwama (NRM) Jackline Birungi (Independent) and Lydia Wabuuza (DP), Margret Nabirye (Independent).
Interviewed, Nakwedde said that their defection from FDC to NUP was not in bad faith but were driven by the desire to spearhead change in the district.
According to Nakwedde, the absence of strong opposition leadership in Kayunga is responsible for NRM dominance. Currently, NRM holds three of the four parliamentary slots in the three constituencies in the district.