Betty Nambooze Bakireke has been sworn in as the Mukono North Member of Parliament.
The firebrand politician was voted into office in hotly contested elections last week. She becomes the first woman from the Democratic Party to be voted into Parliament.
A crowd of more than 200 people accompanied Nambooze to Parliament for her swearing in on Monday. Police deployed its forces in large numbers along Parliament Avenue and surrounding streets to control the crowds. A 60-seater bus full of anti-riot police was stationed outside the parliamentary buildings in anticipation of violence from the crowd.
However, the day was peaceful.
Nambooze was sworn in just after 4 p.m. in the company of her husband, Henry Mukasa Bakireke. Only a handful of her supporters were allowed to access parliament after thorough security check. The rest had to wait outside.
Despite the small numbers within parliament, Nambooze's supporters were in high spirits. They sang DP rally songs and chanted slogans in praise of their party.
In her inaugural speech, Nambooze said she would not use her time in Parliament to serve her supporters alone, but for the good of all the people of Mukono North.
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Nambooze added that she will be fearless in speaking out about corruption and the needs of the Buganda Kingdom.
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Nambooze's swearing in comes a day before parliament reconvenes for the last leg ahead of the 2011 general elections.