The Minister for Health, Dr Jane Aceng, has announced that she will contest for the Lira Woman parliamentary seat in the 2021 election.
“I want to declare openly that I’m taking up a political position as a representative of the Women in Lira district and I will contest for the position under the Movement ticket. I thank the People of Lango for their great Love and support,” she said in a video posted on Sunday, July 5, 2020.
The current Lira Woman MP, Joy Atim (UPC), will face stiff competition from Dr Aceng who has won countrywide fame over her handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the country yet to register any death.
However, Lango is a UPC stronghold being the home of party legend Milton Obote. Some of the area MPs are Cecilia Ogwal and Jimmy Akena.
Dr Aceng (born 11 May 1968) was until June 2016 the Director General of Medical Services in the Ministry of Health.
She attended Shimoni Primary School in Kampala, Nabisunsa Girls Secondary School and holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, a Master of Medicine in Pediatrics, and a Master of Public Health, all from the Makerere University College of Health Sciences. She also holds a Diploma in Health Systems Management awarded by the Galilee International Management Institute, in Israel.