Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Profiles of DP Executives

DP members left Namboole to start the fight for the 2006 General Election with a reception for delegates at Gaba Beach. We will bring you the profiles of the different office bearers. Women won big scooping the Vice Presidency and Office of Treasurer General.

Mrs. Rainer Juliet Kafire 64, the Vice President, is the Member of Parliament for Kibuku County. This is her second parliamentary term. She was first elected Woman CA Delegate for Kibuku in 1993, and then Woman MP for Palliisa in 1996. In 2001, she ousted Moses Wasugirya, from the ruling NRMO for the Kibuku County Seat. She is a family nurse practitoner by training, a rice farmer and businesswoman. She previously served as Acting National Women's Leader, and Member of the Board of Directors of Foundation for African Development, an NGO founded in 1979 to foster good governance and constitutionalism in Uganda. In Parliament she was one of the 51 MPs who voted against lifting presidential term limits. Her policy work in the party covers both national security, as Member of the Committee on Presidential and Foreign Affairs. Mrs. Kafire has homes in Palliisa, Iganga and Kampala.

Prof. Richard Ebil Ottoo 48, the Secretary General is the immediate former Chairman DP USA. Dr. Ottoo has been a DP youthwinger since 1980. Dr. Ottoo was a former DP Guild Presidential candidate at Makerere University and Editor of the Luo version of Munnansi. His work has been mostly in policy areas, starting with AIDS policy at the Ministry of Health in 1986-1988, and today as Chairperson of the DP Manifesto Committee on the Economy. Richard Ottoo, is a tenured Professor at the Lubin School of Business, Pace University. Richard Ottoo will be a DP Parliamentary candidate in Agago, Pader.

Prof. Joseph Mukiibi 67, is the National Chairman. He is a former Professor and Dean at Makerere University, Permanent Secretary and Director General of the National Agricultural Research Organization. In 2004, Prof. Mukiibi turned down President Museveni's nomination as Member of the Public Service Commission. A veteran of the 1980 Delegates Conference, he has often been mentioned as a leader in waiting but stood down immediately before the Delegates Conference. Prof. Mukiibi has been very active in the process of reconciliation in the party that led to its registration in January 2005. Prof. Mukiibi hails from Kibaale District.

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