Uganda People’s Congress (UPC), former Central Region Women Affairs chairperson, Jennifer Kulabako alias Mama Night, 71, has passed on, the party has announced.
In a message via social media, the party said Mama Night passed on Tuesday morning at Mengo Hospital after short illness.
“Mama Night has been an ardent and strong senior party member with an admirable commitment to her party,” the statement reads in part.
“The party is in touch with the family and burial details shall be released in due course,” the statement continues.
Who is Night?
Mama Night, commonly referred to by party by UPC party cadres as Mama UPC refers joined the party in the early 80’s. She is renown for dressing in red attire mostly hence the nickname ‘red woman’ or ‘woman of red’.
Kulabako always reiterated that UPC flows in her blood and that the formally vibrant Obote founded party would reclaim power from the National Resistance Movement “any time” and for that matter she offered her self as a volunteer in mobilisation, a position she has held informally.
In an interview last year, Kulabako claimed that she is mostly still loyal to the UPC because of her undying love for former President Apollo Milton Obote who cared for and loved her as party cadre, that he even appointed her a sub county chief for Katabi in his government.
Kulabako’s political career folded with the exit of Milton Obote, she tried a return to the political club in the recent LC 1 elections in Katabi Zone, Entebbe road, but her bid fell flat.
Kulabako was an ardent supporter of Olara Otunnu ahead of the 2011 presidential polls and said the latter “would not come short of victory’ no matter what. According to Kulabako who had camped with UPC faithful at Uganda House in October 2010 (26) for Otunnu’s nomination, it was time for UPC to unseat Museveni once and for all.
As a reward for good wishes, Otunnu appointed Kulabako head of the party’s disciplinary committee. However, following Otunnu’s miserable performance, Kulabako and a section of UPC leaders and elders from Buganda launched a campaign to oust him.
Kulabako and group accused Otunnu of mismanaging UPC’s grassroots elections, failing to reconcile party members and not voting (for himself) in the February 18 presidential elections in which he was a candidate, among others.
Kulabako specifically accused Otunnu of failing to create an environment that attracts women to the party and thus called for his immediate resignation. She then switched allegiance to Obote’s son, Jimmy Akena, who formed a splinter group from Otunnu’s.
Kulabako the Notorious leader of UPC
Kulabako is one of the UPC leaders who were placed by Obote to man militias that collected intelligence from groups that were against Obote, as well as protect his power by both use of force and intimidation.
According to the Daily Monitor published in February 19 2018, Kulabako was promoted from Parish Chief to Sub County chief (Katabi) together with Ms Alice Nassali Kiseegu (Mpigi) in 1983 after respective operations in their areas that led to the execution of suspected guerrilla fighters loyal to Museveni and Kayira.
A one Andrew Kasozi in his book titled Social Origins of Violence in Uganda claims Kulabako perpetuated state terror with the help of Obote’s forces in Katabi which led to the death of a pregnant woman, Teo Nalango who was a nurse at Kisubi Hospital.
Nalango was accused of aiding rebels loyal to Kayira’ Uganda Freedom Movement (UFM), by providing the injured treatment following a clash with government forces.
Night Kulabako was born in March 1948 in Abayita Ababiri, along Entebbe road. She went to Chadwick Namate primary school before joining Nkumba Primary school where she completed Junior school (the current PLE), her first and final academic qualification.
According to Christopher Lwanga, a UPC party cadre, Kulabako was a senior member of the party and a devoted Congresswoman.
“She stood for the party and it’s Government at all times.She has been equally part of the rebuilding effort.”
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