Uganda’s First Lady Janet Kataha Museveni has made the Forbes Woman Africa Magazine cover for the December-January issue amid consistent rumours that the former MP and current Minister of Education and Sports is hospitalised abroad with an undisclosed ailment.
Ms. Linda Nabusayi, the Press Secretary to President Museveni on Friday said that in the cover story, Mrs Museveni talks about how she rose above being a mere shadow of the President to being a First Lady serving her community in her own right as a Ugandan woman and the challenges this presented.
“For a long time, I agreed with that perspective. I supported my husband for the largest part but the change came and I felt called upon to directly serve the people myself. I’ve always wanted so much to be able to participate directly to serve the people. It was not understood initially, but eventually people realized that First Ladies also have the right to serve their country in their individual capacity. That’s how I came out and started something different, not just as the First Lady but as a Ugandan woman, to serve the people I believed I owed it to” says the First Lady in the exclusive interview. She discusses a wide range of issues including her role in founding of the Uganda Women’s Effort to Save Orphans, her involvement in the fight against HIV Aids and shares her thoughts on Uganda’s future. Renuka Methil, Editor Forbes Woman Africa explained that the exclusive interview; done a month before Uganda celebrated its 55th independence will be as insightful to readers as it was for her.
Forbes Woman Africa is a bi-monthly pan-African publication that navigates the world of business for women, with features on the latest trends in the corporate sector and how its architecture speaks to women.