By Mariam Namakula
Speaking to the journalists minutes after her vetting at parliament, State Minister for ICT and National Guidance, Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo, said she was not worried about what FDC party members say and that her focus was now positioned at serving her country, and not just a portion of it.
“I am a senior citizen who was about to retire but given an opportunity to serve my country. The president spotted me as someone of great national importance therefore able to serve…, I thank him very much,” she said.
“Even if a few (in FDC) are fighting me in broad day light, the silent majority are still behind me and the principles I carry,” she added, urging other opposition members to work hand in hand with the ruling government to develop their motherland.
Amusingly, Ssebugwawo was escorted to parliament for approval by her former Deputy Mayor Lubaga division Asuman Ntale, a member of FDC.
She expressed her readiness to diligently work. Nabbosa described her deployment as a call from God and that she had come to serve her country whole-heartedly.
Ssebugwawo was one of the founding members of the Forum for Democratic Change.
A total of 80 ministers were approved by parliament and wait to take their oath before the president.
She told FDC party members that there was nothing good in picking on themselves and that they should stop picking on her too.
Before her approval, questions had been raised about Ssebugwawo’s academic credentials, however, the Nation Council for Higher Education presented a letter confirming her Diploma in Stenography at Makerere Business School.
Beatrice Anywar, State Minister for Environment and former FDC party member, applauded the approved minister saying that she joined government at the right time and that she made the best decision.
Anywar asked Ssebugwawo not to despair because she was also misunderstood after joining the the ruling party, (NRM).