Soroti Member of Parliament Capt Mike Mukula has retired from Politics. Mukula will not be seeking another term from his constituents after representing them in parliament for 15 years.
The former State Minister of Health announced yesterday that he had taken a decision to throw in the towel. He however did not delve into the whys and what direction he will be taking thereafter.
On Saturday he held a big rally in Soroti town to say goodbye. Thousands turned up at the rally that was characterised by dancing and performances from top artists led by Bebe Cool.
“Grassroots support for me has been humbling. ….but I bid them farewell today,” announced Mukula in a tweet.
Mukula’s political career has been marked with ups and downs. In 2006 he was implicated in a serious scandal that involved misuse of millions Global Fund money that was meant for the fight against AIDS, Malaria and TB.
He subsequently lost his job in cabinet in the next reshuffle.
He was arrested in 2007 by Police and the UPDF, and thrown behind bars at Luzira Prison. He went on trial and in January 2013 was found guilty of embezzling Shs 210 million.
He was handed a four year jail term which he challenged and was acquitted two months later.
Through his political career, Mukula has been a central figure and played a huge role in mobilizing his constituents for his ruling NRM party and President Yoweri Museveni.
Born in Soroti, in Eastern Uganda, on 27 August 1956, Mukula attended local schools before he was admitted to Kenya School of Flying, at Wilson Airport in Nairobi.
He completed his pilot’s training in the United States. In 2009, He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by Latin University of Theology, based in Torrance, California USA.
In the late 1980s Mike Mukula worked as a personal pilot to President Yoweri Museveni. Mukula owned a fleet of Cessna aircraft which he leased out. He would personally pilot the president in one of those planes.
He entered politics in 2001, when he successfully contested or he Soroti Municipality parliamentary seat.