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Winnie Byanyima to contest for president in 2016



The wife to Uganda’s main opposition leader, Col. Kizza Besigye, Ms Winnie Byanyima has declared that she can not rule out standing for president of Uganda come 2016 general elections.


Byanyima has for the first time in over a decade spoken out on her political ambitions, saying that she is likely to send ripples down the spines of the ruling NRM party chiefs.

Ms Byanyima, who is currently on holiday in Uganda, says she has intentions to contest for President in 2016.

“I have never excluded myself in 2016 presidential contest. If the people of Uganda still have confidence in me in 2016 I will take it on,” Byanyima said this in response to a question from Patrick Kamara as she appeared today on KFM talk show programme dubbed ‘Hot Seat.’


Pressed by a journalist to explain whether she would consider contesting in the upcoming Presidential bid, Byanyima responded ‘yes.’ Byanyima says she will defeat Museveni and his entire state apparatus in the polls.

Byanyima enjoys wide support among female voters across the country. Byanyima is an aeronautical engineer, politician and diplomat. She served as the Director of the Gender Team, in the Bureau for Development Policy at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), from 2006 and in May 2013 was appointed Executive Director of Oxfam International.


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