By our reporter
Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament Betty Nambooze who is currently under the detention of police, was hospitalized on 16 June up to date at Kiruddu Hospital in Makindye following a deteriorating health condition.
The legislator is one of four people who were put under investigations for their communication on social media before and after the death of Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga and his brother Saidi Butele Kongo.
She is implicated by a video recorded by NTV during the age limit debate.
In the video, Nambooze explained how easy it was to attack Abiriga even with his bodyguards all around him.
Who is Betty Nambooze?
Nambooze was born in Mukono District, on 13 July 1969. She attended Bishop’s Senior Secondary School Mukono, graduating in 1986. She later attended the Law Development Centre, graduating with a Diploma in Law, in 1998. In 2010, she was awarded the Diploma in Development Studies by Uganda Martyrs University.
Nambooze was first elected to parliament in May 2010, when in a by-election, running on the Democratic Party ticket, she defeated the then incumbent MP, Peter Bakaluba Mukasa of the ruling National Resistance Movement.
According to her parliamentary profile, Nambooze worked as a news reporter (stringer), between 1993 and 2000. From 2000 until 2004, she worked as a law enforcement officer. From 2004 until 2005, she served as a personnel officer. She worked as a radio presenter between 2000 and 2009. From 2005 until 2010, she served as the Spokesperson for the Democratic Party in Uganda.
On 24 February 2016, she was briefly arrested along with MP-elect Moses Kasibante for revealing documents describing election fraud taking place during the country’s recent election. Nambooze has been arrested on numerous occasions on various politically-motivated, often trumped-up charges, but she has not as of yet been convicted in any court of law.
In 2017, during the age limit chaos at Parliament, Nambooze is one of the MPs who tasted the wrath of security operatives after injuring her back. She was flown to India and underwent a surgical operation. Doctors in Manipal Hospital found out that she had suffered a spinal compression.
In 2002, Nambooze married Henry Bakireke, whom she had met in high school in the 1980s. Together, they are the parents of over 26 children, both biological and adopted.