From fish vendor to Uganda’s MP

… Hellen Auma Wandera

A young Ugandan fish vendor, Hellen Auma Wandera is set to become the youngest member of Uganda’s new parliament.

The 23-year-old university graduate reportedly won the Woman MP seat for the governing NRM party in Busia District, eastern Uganda, in January’s elections.

According to the Daily Monitor, before graduating in 2019 she used to work for her mother’s fish-selling business,.

She was well known for this enterprise. This is because she would deep-fry the fish and sell to her college mates.

Auma told the newspaper she joined politics “under God’s direction”, and campaigned using motorcycle taxis and walked door-to-door to meet voters.

According to the BBC, members of her party call her Mama Busia and her party, the National Resistance Movement, last month shared a video in which she describes her journey into politics:

Uganda’s youngest-ever MP was Proscovia Alengot Oromait who was elected in 2011 as MP for Usuk County aged 19.

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