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Presidential Adviser\'s Woes Drive Nkonge to Seek Seat in Parliament

The outspoken politician says the task cannot be accomplished in the current posting where she and other presidential advisers have minimal access to the President.
Sarah Nkonge, the presidential advisor on land matters says she plans to quit because she is not effectively performing her duties.

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The Senior Presidential Adviser on land matters Sarah Nkonge Muwonge says her plot to abandon the position for a parliamentary seat is instigated by the inability to effectively perform her duties under the presidency.

Nkonge has indicated that she could contest for the Lwengo district seat in Parliament in the next general election to push forward her enthusiasm for promoting effective service delivery to the communities.

The outspoken politician says the task cannot be accomplished in the current posting where she and other presidential advisers have minimal access to the President.

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Nkonge\'s sentiments come a few weeks after President Yoweri Museveni declared that he does not need Advisers.

“I can advise myself… that is why I disbanded NAADS and replaced it with soldiers after NAADS officials failed to fight poverty. The NAADS advisers failed to advise you farmers. That is why I don\'t need advisers.” Museveni is quoted saying at a function in Masaka early this month.

In the past, members of the general public have equally raised concern on whether Presidential Advisers have a role to play in the governance of Uganda considering that their appointment is politically motivated and majority of them do not have clearly defined roles.

President Yoweri Museveni has 98 advisers, whom according to recent media reports, he rarely consults for advice.

However, Nkonge\'s bid has met stiff resistance from the locals claiming she is not a bonafide resident of the area and as such does not qualify as a candidate.

Musa Kafeero, one of the NRM stalwarts in the area says Nkonge does not relate with the needs of the underprivileged population in Lwengo owing to her lavish lifestyle and relationship with Kwagalana group, a loose coalition of tycoons in Kampala. But Nkonge dismisses the accusation saying she is married in Lwengo.

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