Amelia finds quiet spot to kill off sugar stress

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Oo-uuuuh: Amelia relaxes in a quiet place to shake off the sugar stress that has been mounting for weeks now

Amelia Anne Kyambadde is the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives in the current Ugandan cabinet.

For the rest of last week, the minister had a difficult time especially with Ugandans sneering her name following a sugar crisis that saw prices soar to as high as Shs8,000 a kilo.

The stressed Amelia was forced to call manufacturers and distributers in order to find a quick solution.

She then issued a directive to cap the price of a kilo of sugar at Shs5,000.

Kyambadde revealed that manufacturers shall provide the ministry with monthly stock levels, which will streamline the supply of sugar.

She attributed the rise in sugar prices to the prolonged drought, harvesting of immature sugar cane and the export of 300,000 metric tonnes to Kenya and 40,000 metric tonnes to Rwanda.

She then told press that in a bid to partially mitigate the current food shortage in some parts of the country and escalating price of rice in the market, the Government allowed importation of unprocessed rice of up to 50,000 (MT) metric tons from 1st May 2017 to 31 July 2017.

Time to shake off stress

Having done her part and suffering the pains in building the nation, Amelia looked for a quiet spot at the end of the week to relax and shake off the stress.

She even took a photo of herself in a quiet location smiling and enjoying her good time.

“Start small but start now, smile more often and make others smile too. You never know who needs it the most,” she tipped her followers on social media Monday.

The sugar stress was nearly killing her

On Sunday and with the hope of a fruitful week, Amelia told her fans “one positive thought or action on any given day can change your life”.

“Daily Positive affirmations are a great way to open yourself up for positive experiences,” she added.

According to her, all it takes is courage-the most important of all virtues.

“Be Brave, Be Bold and fight your fears with courage. Learn from your mistakes. The more you err, the more you learn,” she said in her #AmeliaQuotes.

What do we know about her?

She is one of the most active women in the political circles.

She was born in June 1955 to the late Serwano K. Kulubya and Mary Kafureka, in Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom before coming to Uganda, in 1959, at the age of 4.

She studied her early primary at Gayaza Primary School in Wakiso District, then went to Gulu Sacred Heart High School in Gulu District for her secondary education and Aga Khan School of Secretarial Studies in Nairobi, Kenya, for her post-secondary education.

Amelia now holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration (BBA), from Makerere University.

She also holds a Masters degree of Business Administration (MBA), from the American InterContinental University in London, United Kingdom.

At 24 years, she joined Ugandan Civil Service around 1979 and later rose to the rank of Principal Private Secretary (PPS) to President Yoweri Museveni.

In 2010, she resigned after serving for over 30 years to join active politics.

She stood for a parliamentary seat in 2011, and won the polls to become the Mawokota County North legislator up to today.

On March 27, 2011, she was appointed Minister for Trade & Industry. On June 6, 2016, she was named Cabinet Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives.

Apart from politics, she is a Patron of Twezimbe Development Foundation (TDF), a community-based, non-governmental, organisation formed to improve the living conditions of the people of her constituency.

She is a mother of five children and wife to Wilson Kyambadde who she married in 1976.