By Andrew Irumba
Police on Tuesday sealed off the residence of Kampala Minister and former Rubaga North Mp Beti Olive Namisango Kamya (Bonk) found at Lungujja to save her from lynching by Boda Boda 2010. This was in response to security Intel that the group had planned to raid the minister’s home and attack her for abolishing the Tuk-Tuk bikes from city!
On Monday, Kamya issued a decree banning three wheeled motorcycles commonly known as Tuk Tuku from operating as commercial public transport means. She directed police to compile a report of the perpetuators and aggressors of violence in the transport industry for appropriate action because they ‘can longer be accommodated in the city’. ‘Tuk Tuk’ operators have been clashing with Taxi operators over parking space and ‘taking’ their passengers there by rendering them (Taxi drivers) jobless.
This is not the first time Kamya is coming into direct confrontation with stakeholders in Kampala. At the apex of Owino Park Yard evictions, a group of aggravated Park Yard traders stormed 89.2 CBS Fm Radio, when she was in the Studios being hosted and threatened to assault her. This forced CBS Management to whisk her through the emergency door!
A relatively similar incident happened at Queen’s Way Ggaba Stage and Arua Park where she survived lynching by aggregated stakeholders who claimed that she was killing their businesses.
A group of NRM youths calling themselves Kisanja Hakuna Mchezo Evaluation Team a fort night ago released their first report of the 2016/2021 term where they named Beti Kamya as the worst performing Minister.
Betty Kamya, who doubles as the founder and president of the Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA), one of the registered political parties in Uganda has been Minister for Kampala Capital City Authority since 6th June 2016.
She was a candidate in the 2011 presidential elections but came in fifth position with 52,782 votes.
But who is Betty Kamya?
Kamya was born in Nakuru, Kenya on 30 November 1955 to George Wilson Kamya, a Ugandan, and Margaret Wairimu Kamya, a Kenyan. Betty was the fourth born of nine children. In 1961, when Betty was six years old, the family relocated to Uganda.
She attended McKay Memorial School in Kampala and Saint Hellen’s Primary School in western Uganda for her primary Education. She then attended Wanyange Girls’ School for her O-Level Education and Kings College Budo for her A-Level Education. She studied at Makerere University, the oldest and largest public university in the country, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in marketing.
In the mid1980s, Kamya joined Uganda Leather and Tanning Industries Limited in Jinja in the sales department, working there until 1988. She then joined Nyanza Textiles Industries Limited, as a sales executive until 1992. She then relocated to Kampala with her husband.
From 1996 until 1999, Kamya worked as the marketing manager for Uganda Breweries Limited in Port Bell, a Kampala suburb. From 1999 until 2004, she was the executive director of the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) in Entebbe.
Between 2001 and 2004, while still at UWEC, she became an official in the political pressure group Reform, Agenda, the precursor of the Forum Democratic Change (FDC) political party. From 2005 until 2010, she served as the special envoy of the FDC president Rtd.Col. Dr.Kizza Besigye. She also served as the elected member of parliament for Lubaga North Constituency on the FDC ticket.
In January 2010, Kamya quit the FDC and formed the Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA) political party, becoming its first president. Although she is serving as minister in Museveni’s gov’t,Kamya is still the president of UFA.
Betty Kamya was married to Spencer Turwomwe, a soldier in the Ugandan military army who died in 2003. Together, they sired six children.