When you hold the post of the youngest legislator in the world, that title doesn’t come easy. You need to live up to it. However what happens when you begin to short fall of this, and have your image tainted with pregnancy and abortion rumors, poor school grades and the like. That is what Honourable Proscovia Alengot has had to endure, with constant scrutiny, from the public and the press. We caught up with the youngest member of parliament and second year student at Uganda Christian University to fill us in on how she has been coping with all the chaos and how she manages to juggle studies and her legislative duties.
A lot has been written about you…I don’t even know where to start from…Are you pregnant?
Whatever has been written about me, nothing is true. I’m not pregnant and I haven’t been dismissed from school. If i was pregnant you would be seeing the signs. I am NOT PREGNANT. So l think people should be sure of what they say and write before they publish it.
And were you given a dead year?
Just like l told u that’s all false news. I’m doing my papers for last semester this month. There’s nothing like a dead year. I’m still a Mass Communication student at Uganda Christian University.
Who is your close friend in parliament?
The Minister of Education and Sports, Hon Jessica Alupo.
hmmmm l don’t really have close male friends but l have no problem with any of them. I talk to them.
So do your male course mates try to hit on you?
Well most of them get intimidated by my position.They really find it hard to hit on me. It’s funny though!
So who are you dating?
Hmmmm…… No comment!!
Are you given any ‘special’ privileges by the university or lecturers??
No. They treat me like the rest of the students.
Do you recommend students to work while studying?
Yes I do. Because they have to build a future on their own it doesn’t really matter how old they are… Personally l think as long as they can handle their jobs and studies at the same time, they should work.
What are some of the challenges that you face as a student and MP at the same time?
Well sometimes it’s really hard for me but l know l have to fulfill both duties. So l try to plan or arrange my schedule, for example l sometimes have papers and at the same time have a conference to attend out of the country. In most cases l talk to my lecturers, thank God they are understanding! They understand the kind of situation am in and in most cases they help.
What has been your most memorable moment at campus?
Hmmmm think the sex tape saga.. It really caused confusion at campus… it was a topic everywhere.