At 19 years of age, Proscovia was inspired by her late Father (Michael Oromait) and contested as a member of the National Resistance Movement in the primary elections, and later, in the General elections. In 2012, she was successful in taking her rightful place, and replacing her late Father, by being elected to represent the interests of her Usuk people of Eastern Uganda, as a Member of the Ugandan Parliament.
However, since her successful election campaign, Proscovia’s political career has been shrouded by nothing less than scandal. The latest scandal alleges she was expelled from the Mass Communication undergraduate course she studies at Ugandan Christian University, due to absenteeism as a result of an alleged pregnancy. The accuracy of these reports are yet to be verified, but is there any reason why such frivolous claims should be given the platform to run rife? Surely, her innovative policies on education, health and means of decreasing unemployment levels in Uganda are more important and should be given the recognition they deserve?
The media scapegoats female politicians and while Miss Oromait represents the interest of 78% of the Ugandan population who are under 30, the media would rather hone in on her youth as a factor negating her legislative abilities. She should serve as an inspiration for young people, especially girls, empowering them to aspire to authoritative roles in the future. Instead, seasoned MPs are dismissing her as the ‘baby’ who lacks the necessary experience to adequately legislate in the interests of her constituents.
“The politics of Uganda is not only for the old. It is also for the youth of today and tomorrow.”
In her role as MP, Miss Oromait has focused on three main issues; youth unemployment, educational and health. Motivated by her father’s contribution to the education sector, Miss Oromait intends to lobby government funds to finance basic educational needs in rural communities. Miss Oromait also earmarked her constituency’s greatest need in the health sector and is working to increase the number of health centres in the district. It is her hope that this will address the issues women face, who are increasingly reliant on their husbands for transport money to travel long distances to access adequate medical care. She further proposes the introduction of a government welfare initiative, motivating young people to be more independent by sponsoring entrepreneurial initiatives and businesses, thus aiding in the reduction of worrying high unemployment figures among Ugandan youths.
In the absence of an objective press, the Women Fund intend to showcase prominent female figures and politicians, shedding light on their positive impact in their respective fields and society at large. This is the first of many posts. It is our hope that these women will act as examples worth emulating, and inspires young girls to aspire to positions of power in the future.
Written by Onyeka Onyekwelu