Outgoing NRM Treasurer Rose Namayanja Nsereko handing over office to Barbara Nekesa (Right)
BY KETRAH JJEMBA
TWO months ago, President Museveni who doubles as the Chairman of the ruling National Resistance Movement appointed new leadership at the Kyaddondo Party Headquarters in Kampala where he among others, replaced Hon. Rose Namayanja Nsereko with Hon. Barbara Nekesa Oundo as the NRM National Treasurer.
Nekesa took over office a week back at a function where newly appointed NRM Secretary General Richard Todwong promised party members that the new team at the Secretariat priorities transparency and openness while executing party activities.
Todwong who took over from Justine Kasule Lumumba said, “We are all servants of the party. A cordial relationship and mutual understanding with one other is key. We are going to continue respecting one another but also allow offices to work independently to help achieve the overall goal for all stakeholders”.
For the newly elected Party Treasurer Nekesa, her tasks rotate around filing all reports and statements accurately and on time. Depositing receipts and authorizing expenditures or appointing someone else (orally or in writing) to authorize expenditures. She must be in position to look for funds that will run party offices in different districts and the activities both in districts and at the party headquarters. Here, Namayanja had weaknesses. The party Chairman expects Nekesa to be different so that all party structures function perfectly.
WHAT YOU DON’T ABOUT BARBARA NEKESA
A 37 years old Barbara Nekesa Oundo is a born of Busia District in the Eastern Uganda. She was born on 6 June 1984 to Mary Hadudu, mother and Edward Wabudi, a local councillor. This couple is blessed with 9 other girls.
Nekesa has been serving as Uganda’s High Commissioner to South Africa and was based in Pretoria.
In that capacity, she has been also representing Uganda to the nations of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland.
A graduate in Bachelors of Human Resource Management from Makerere University she got married to Charles Mukanga Oundo, a foreign service officer, whom she met while still an undergraduate at Makerere University. The two have children.
In 2017, she however divorced Mr. Charles Oundo her first husband. In December 2018, she entered into another marriage with Hajji Suleiman Lumolo Mafabi, a reknown businessman based in Mbale. The private ceremony took place at their home in Muyenga, an upscale neighborhood in Kampala.
Nekesa attended Bubulo Girls School in Mbale for her middle school education (O-Level) and Mbogo High School in Kawempe for her high school studies (A-Level).
Before being appointed Uganda’s Ambassador to South Africa, Ms. Barbara Nekesa was on May 27th 2011 appointed the state minister for Karamoja affairs in the Cabinet.
Then, she was the elected Busia District woman Member of Parliament in the 9th parliament representing ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).
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