A 28 year old has own the Mpigi LC5 seat after beating three contenders to become one of the youngest leaders in the district.
Martin Ssejjemba of the National Unity Platform (NUP) beta the incumbent and National Resistance Movement (NRM) candixate, Peter Clever Mutuluza, in the elections held on Wednesday
Mutuluza got 8,174 votes followed by Godfrey Ssematimba Kasasa, an independent candidate garnering 1,500 votes while Fred Male of the Democratic Party polled 4,176 votes.
Ssejemba becomes the first ever person from opposition political party to win the district’s top seat.
NUP also becomes the first opposition party to secure more seats for directly eleceted councilors. Ssejjemba said he will start with dealing the internal fights between the political wing of the district and the technical wing which has affected service delivery to the people
“Fights especially the political and technical wing of the district have hampered development and service delivery in the district, I will find a way of making them have a good working relationship,” Ssejjemba said.
He said he conceived the idea to stand for the district’s top seat in 2018. He is not new when it comes leadership.
In secondary school, he was elected sports prefect at Caltec Academy and while at Makerere University, he headed the Geology Students’ Association.
“I was a leader during my school days. Electorate therefore shouldnot worry that they have elected an amateur, I have experience,” he said.
Born in 1992 to Posiano Ssendegeya and Proscovia Nalubwama of Nsangwa village, Buwama Town Council in Mpigi District., Ssejjemba attended Uganda Matyrs Primary School in Buwama town Council and later joined St. Balikuddembe Mitala-Maria SS where he obtained O’Level certificate in 2010.
Ssejjembe enrolled at Caltec Academy in Kampala for A’Level in 2012.
He later joined Makerere University in 2013 where he graduated with bachelor’s degree in mathematics and geological engineering.
After being declared winner, Ssejjemba said he was prepared for the big task ahead to serve the people that entrusted him with power.
“People need services and leadership to the district and the people of Mpigi,” Ssejjemba said.