Beatrice Anywar’s Jungle Walk to Museveni’s Cabinet.

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President Yoweri Museveni announced his new Cabinet with several new kids on the block among whom Kitgum Municipality MP, Ms Beatrice Atim Anywar being appointed Minister of State for Environment.

This stems from her vigorous participation in a campaign that opposed the giveaway of Mabira Forest to Sugar Corporation of Uganda Limited for sugarcane growing.

All great efforts come with big rewards and finally Mama Mabira’s efforts have paid off said critics who took on social media to scrutinize thorough the list of newly appointed ministers.

Anywar entered elective politics in 2006 when she decided to contest for Kitgum District Woman MP seat thus upsetting Mego Santa Okot of the ruling National Resistance Movement.

In her environmental activism work, Anywar was immediately appointed as the shadow minister for environment in just one term in office.

From running on an FDC ticket Anywar switched to contesting as an independent candidate on several grounds. She shocked the country when she voted for “YES” in a parliamentary session to remove presidential age limits from the Constitution in 2017.

The vote that was supported by majority MPs [mainly NRM members] amidst acrimony, paving Mr Museveni’s road to contest in 2021, since by that time, he would be above 75 years, the upper age cap for presidential candidates.

In April 2018, President Museveni explained how he used his strategies calculatedly to lure the Kitgum Municipality Member of Parliament, Ms Anywar, from the Opposition to the ruling National Resistance Movement party.

He told a gathering at Boma Grounds in Kitgum Municipality that Ms Anywar despite being in the ‘useless’ Opposition, was sensible, a reason he moved to bring her closer to the NRM party.

Ms Anywar was a member of the Opposition Forum for Democratic Party (FDC) and a critic of Mr Museveni’s 32-year regime, who is December 2017, surprised many people when she voted in favour of the removal of presidential age limit from the Constitution.

“I am a good poacher. If I see a good animal from the park I go for it. I have been calculating [how to get] Beatrice Anywar, because I would go to address the Parliament and the Opposition will be seated here and the NRM be there… and then the Opposition will be abusing me but when I looked at them I realised one (Ms Anywar) looks reasonable,” Mr Museveni said.

He noted that he also punished Ms Anywar during the 2007 anti-Mabira forest giveaway riot, which Ms Anywar started.

“I locked her up in Luzira because she had gone too far for starting a riot in Kampala. I later called her and asked her how Luzira prison was,” Mr Museveni said, boasting that it was another step towards winning her over. On April 12, 2007 Ms Anywar, nicknamed Maama Mabira, led a protest against the then planned giveaway of Mabira forest. The protest turned violent, with the targeting of individuals of Asian origin.

On her time in jail, Ms Anywar spoke of sleeping in cells that were like toilets, of spending the entire night without food, without bathing and of male inmates, who she said peeped at female detainees as they bathed.

 Mr Museveni, however, said he is disappointed with his NRM cadres for failing to poach potential people from the Opposition.

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