In May this year, a total of 529 members of parliament were sworn in to represent their respective constituencies in the national legislative assembly (Parliament).
Among these MPs was the Kawempe north newly elected Member of Parliament, Hon Ssegirinya Mohammad alias Mr. updates.
At the start, many people didn’t believe in Ssegirinya as many thought that he will be a comedian in parliament but now everyone is amazed at the work he has done in only two months he has spent in parliament.
Among his achievements so far includes a healthy facility named Kawempe North Hospital, helping the youths by giving them materials to startup businesses among others.
Now everyone is wondering where does this good Samaritan comes from, the answer is Hon Ssegirinya had planned for his political career for over 15 years as shown below;
While in his S3 in 2006, Ssegirinya used to call on radio political talk shows identifying himself as Eddobozi Lye Kyebando’’ translated as voice of kyebando. In most of the calls, he was challenging the activities done by the ruling government by then.
Later on, he baptized himself as MP to be Kawempe North’’ showing his interest in the position which was held by Hon Latiff Ssebagala.
Ssegirinya revealed that he used to fetch water to get money for airtime to call on radios, he trashed allegations that he was being sponsored to make these calls.
During the 2011 elections, Ssegirinya thought that it was the correct time to achieve his dream of being a legislator but it ended in a defeat to Latiff Ssebagala.
“I was young but I came second with over 5000 votes during my first attempt. But that showed me that I can really go far.” He said.
Later on, he joined the forum for democratic change (FDC) having noticed that Opposition politics around Kampala rotated around FDC.
As the 2016 general elections were knocking, Ssegirinya contested in the FDC party’s primaries for Kawempe North parliamentary seat where he lost to Asadullah Semmindi.
He then took the advice given to him to stand as a councilor representing the same constituency in the city hall so that he gains political experience.
Mr. Ssegirinya’s advisors believed that unlike the MP seat he stood a greater chance of winning the councilor race which would give him more experience.
“They said being a counselor would enable me to understand roles of procedures better. I have no regrets over that decision, it has enabled me to serve my people of Kawempe North,’’ he happily said.
At the end of the 2016 general elections, Ssegirinya won the race on an independent card having been denied a card from his party.
We shall be back with what happened after Ssegirinya becoming a councilor representing Kawempe north at the city hall.