Former Makerere University student leader, Natukunda Charlotte Kashisha, has joined the race to represent young people in the 2021-2026 House as the National Female Youth Member of Parliament (MP).

The former Deputy Speaker of the Uganda National Students Association (UNSA) and Youth Ambassador of the East African Community (EAC), Ms Kashisha’s campaign, according to a Press Release, espouses the values of justice, equality, meritocracy and affirmative action for the disadvantaged groups that she intends to serve with impartiality, fairness and probity.

Hailing from Rukungiri District in Western Uganda, Kashisha will be battling among others the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) flag bearer in the race, Ms Phionah Nyamutoro from Nebbi, West Nile.

A graduate from the Makerere University School of Law, Ms Kashisha says that she will use this platform in Parliament to advocate for improvement in the education sector, by undertaking advocacy in the curriculum overhaul, teaching based on critical thinking and logical deduction, advocating for more bursaries for the underprivileged among other things.

“We plan to table a private members bill in parliament granting less advantaged districts more slots for government scholarships not only at university but also at secondary school levels. We will seek for the establishment of more vocational, sports and arts centers across the country to nurture more talent among the youths.’ The aspirant said, highlighting just a bit of her manifesto.

She also promises to advocate for more entrepreneurial projects which she says will be placed under the scrutiny of accountability.

“We will establish regional centers through the existing youth structures, to mentor youths in leadership skills and hone their oratory skills through debate and critical thinking.” The statement further read.

In a bid to help youths going through depression and mental health related issues, the intending MP vowed to support policies addressing mental health and to advocate for policies addressing climate change in order to avoid the impeding global crisis.

“In order to respond to our heterogeneous population, we need to strategically identify the interests of our existing interest groups, i.e. the women, children, young people living with disabilities and those living with HIV among others.” She concluded.

Ms Kashisha’s leadership leadership experience runs from high school at King’s College Budo where she served as the Deputy Head Prefect, a historical position previous held by boys apart from the former Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Executive Director Jennifer Musisi.

Most remember her from running for President Makerere Law Society (MLS) after which she served in the 82nd Makerere Guild as Chair Lady for Complex Hall. She went on to UNSA and and the EAC as Deputy Speaker and Youth Ambassador respectively.

In 2019, Kashisha authored a book, “Chosen” that critics have referred to as a mirror of hope to the young people of Uganda who from different paths in life aim at finding opportunity in their various societies. The literarature contribution was in consonance with her graduation from the Harvest Leadership Institute where she “strategically” committed to nurturing her leadership skills for the times at hand.

She was recently selected to join the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper doubling as a fellow of the Youth4Policy, a project of Konrad Adenuer Stiftung – Uganda and S. Sudan

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