Politics

My childhood was quite eventful and is still very memorable to me. I can vividly remember the humble family that gave me the solid foundation I boast of today. My father, Pius Kabukure, got a very limited chance at education, when he stopped in Primary two. My mother, Florence Bitwakakye, got no chance at education at all.

In 1940, Pius dropped out of school to voluntarily join a group of young people who were being recruited to fight in the Second World War. Once the war ended, he returned to Uganda in Kagongo, Ibanda but felt too old to re-enroll back into school. Even with a limited education, my father Pius was a jerk of all trades. I remember different people came home to consult him on business, politics and legal matters. Together with his friends, dad enjoyed spirited, sometimes heated discussions about politics and current issues. In fact, when his friends came by our home, I enjoyed following their discussions, mostly about politics and sports. Most evenings after school, he sat with my siblings and I and talked to us about politics, issues that trended in the news and business.

As they say like father like son. I have also grown up to like politics, business and education. In 2000 just after I had graduated from the University of Bergen in Norway, I campaigned and contested to become the Member of Parliament for the Ibanda South Constituency, Uganda. In 2003, the government of Uganda opened up political space and allowed political parties to operate. I immediately spearheaded the starting of the National Progressive Movement (NPM) and on April 7, 2004, NPM was duly registered as the 2nd Political party in Uganda after the National Resistance Movement-Organisation (NRM-O). I was the Founding President of NPM. In 2006, NPM change name to Peoples’ Progressive Party (PPP) and I hold registration number 0000001 in PPP as a life party member. However, from 2006 the government started implementing the code of conduct and ethics for Uganda Public Service, 2005 which barred public servants from participating in politics. I left public service in 2012 and I am fully engaged in the national politics of my country. I am now running for President of Uganda, which I am assured of winning with a huge margin.