By Geoffrey Serugo
The yelling of the State Minister for Investment and Privatization in the Ministry of Finance, Planning and economic Development Evelyn Anite, is an indication that curses of opposition leaders have come to pass over her actions to maintain President Museveni’s leadership in power as long as he wishes.
During February 2014 NRM, Ms Anite became buzzword for Kampala’s political talk after she fronted sole candidature project in Kyankwanzi ahead of the 2016 general elections. She knelt on her knees, begged, danced and chanted in praise of Museveni calling others to support her in endorsing Museveni’s sole candidature for NRM primaries.
Her life totally changed after Museveni won that election in 2016. He later appointed her State Minister for Investment and Privatization as she continued to praise him Museveni to live longer for the attainment of the 2020 middle status income and the vision 2040.
Studying Ms Anite’s actions, one finds the contrast in description, between a politician known for unwavering loyalty, and, a schemer who can tell an opportunity to exploit with her eyes closed.
Anite’s political rise to spokesperson for the NRM Caucus by 2011 would seem a little high for a then 27-year-old. That could be testimony of just how much ambition drives her, an ambition that can at least be traced back to her university days.
It is while she studied Mass Communication at Uganda Christian University (UCU) that she debuted on the tense radio political talk-show scene, a breeding ground for NRM cadres, many of whom have now earned themselves RDC slots.
The patriotic MP recently in the struggle to maintain Museveni in the race a head of the 2021 election, warned the opposition that they will do whatever it takes to achieve what they want. “Don’t intimidate us, we have support of the army,” She said at Parliament in 2017. The words came to pass when the Army stormed parliament, injured and evicted opposition MPs as they debated age limit bill that advocated for removal of presidential age limit that would bar Museveni to stand in 2021.
Time has now defined her actions following the ongoing feud between her and the Administrator of UTL, Twebaze Bemanya after she secured an order calling for auditing of the company.
Recently a whistleblower asked the Inspector General of Government to conduct a thorough investigation into what he described as secretive dealings by Anite over the management of UTL.
“I am writing to the IGG to invite her investigate me on how I am doing my job. I want to make it clear, I have no travel ban against me. I am the minister for privatization and my mandate is to bring in foreign investors,” she said in response to the whistleblower.
Currently it is not well at the minister’s office after she alleged to have received death threats from what she called mafias operating in the currently government.
Earlier today, she has said there is a group of mafias who plans to kill her for causing an internal audit in Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL).
“There is a plan to kill me just like former MP Ibrahim Abiriga. The Mafias are real. The same people who claim to love Uganda are the country’s worst enemies,” she said.
Koboko Municipality legislator said the mafias are currently tapping her phones and their meetings sit at Uganda registration services bureau (URSB) and Kampala club.