I was born Winfred Kiiza on the 26th of November, 1972 to Modesty and Kanyere Constance Muke, a primary school teacher and a housewife. My father unfortunately passed away in 1982 when I was in my Primary Two leaving my mother to raise us alone with limited resources.

The culture of the Bakonzo at the time was that when the head of the family dies, the family members would inherit the woman. My mother stands out as among a handful of Bakonzo women at the time who defied this tradition of inheritance. Consequently, she was perceived as a rebellious woman and as such, we did not receive any substantial support from our paternal relatives.

I grew up in a political family. My father was a member of the Democratic Party (DP) even as my mother supported the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC). My mother was a Woman leader at the Parish level and unlike the politics of these days where you can easily make enemies for supporting a different party, I experienced first-hand, a culture of tolerance and the aspect of One Uganda, One People in my own home. Because despite their divergent political differences, you would never find my parents clashing given that they fully respected each other’s views.

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