The 2021 elections in Uganda sowed an unexpected division long before the official campaign began in the country. Father disowns his daughter for contesting the same post with him. “When I was still a child, my father told us that we were the future leaders. I am now mature, and I am ready to take his place,” daughter insisted.
In Kyotera District, a father and his daughter found themselves on the other side of the world after the Local Government Chairman discovered that his daughter intended to run for the position of Chairman of Kasaali City Council, a position he currently holds.
Reginah Nakiweewa, who wants to run against her father, Godfrey Kimera, said her father had not fulfilled the promise he made in 2011. “When I was still a child, my father told us that we were the future leaders”, insisting that “I am now mature and I am ready to take his place”.
Godfrey Kimera had promised that he would hand over to someone else after two terms, but those promises keep ringing on his daughter’s ear. Now that Reginah Nakiweewa is 30, she reminds her father of his promises, of which she exclaimed to the press that; “When I was a child, my father used to tell us that we were the future leaders,” he said. I am now mature and ready to take his place”.
Reginah Nakiweewa, who wants to run against her father, Godfrey Kimera, said he failed to fulfill the promise he made in 2011.
Mr. Godfrey Kimera had promised that he would give way to someone else after two terms. Of which he made when Reginah Nakiweewa was still young.
The 30-year-old criticizes her father for applying double standards when it comes to politicians who refuse to leave at the end of their terms, comparing his father’s position to that of long-time Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni.
“He always said that Mr. Museveni led for a long time. Does he also want to take the same direction?” Asks the young woman.
Mr. Museveni is seeking nomination for the ruling party for next year’s presidential election, and a victory would allow him to rule for four decades. Despite his daughter’s arguments, Mr. Nakiweewa does not understand how she can stand up against him. According to the politician, she could have chosen to run for any post other than the local government chairman.
“I asked her several times to withdraw, but she refused. I cannot tolerate such a girl who shows no respect for elders. Let her look for another father,” said Kimera, a member of the Democratic Party (DP).
However, her rival is determined. Nakiweewa claims that she would seek this post through the Justice Forum party and that no matter what her father’s statements and threats are, she would not change it for the world. “He will always be my father,” she said.