itemprop=”headline”>Former NTV Reporter Agnes Nandutu Narrates How She Made It To Parliament
Posted on June 26, 2021
Former NTV and Daily Monitor journalist Agnes Nandutu spoke out since winning the Bududa District Woman MP seat and being appointed as State Minister for Karamoja affairs in the newly announced cabinet.
Agnes said that these two positions she holds came as miracles because she never believed that she would rise from being an ordinary person to a VIP.
“Even becoming a member of parliament for the Bududa district never came easily because I never had any money to spend on elections like my competitors that were being sponsored by rich people in government,” She said in an interview on Friday’s Mwasuze Mutya show hosted by Faridah Nakazibwe on NTV
She said she managed to go through because of the popularity she gained after being on NTV for more than 10 years.
“I was doing Point Blank and the People’s Parliament, a show that was dedicated to giving a voice to the social economic situations of Ugandans in all regions of Uganda,” She explained.
She further said that said her show became so popular to Ugandans to the extent that some people within parliament never wanted them to do their journalism from there.
“It’s the reason why they used former monitor Journalist Mr. Chris Obore to bring a proposal to remove all journalists without degrees from parliament. They were targeting me and other experienced reporters from parliament because they were exposing corruption in parliament,” she said.
Despite being thrown out of the house, she never lost hope of talking about politics, she instead came up with the “People’s Parliament” as a platform to continue with her political ambitions.
In 2021, she contested in the national resistance Movement (NRM) Primaries and lost due to ‘vote rigging by her competitors’ and decided to run as an independent candidate and emerged winner.
Nandutu disclosed that she was born in a poor family and her parents separated when she was still young.
“I grew up with my paternal grandfather. I studied my primary at Buwamali Primary School in Mbale and I got aggregate 5 in P.7,” she said
In 2013, She did her O level from Uphill College, Mbuya and then decided to study a certificate in Journalism at the Uganda Institute of Business and Media studies.
“I sat my senior Six in 2015 after working for many years because I wanted to join politics with a senior six certificate,” she revealed.
She started her career as freelance journalist for Prime Radio before crossing to Daily Monitor and then NTV Uganda in 2008 until when she resigned in 2020 to join the race for Bududa woman MP