KAMPALA – The Minister of State of Environment, Beatrice Anywar has scoffed at members of the opposition who have criticized her appointment as Minister, saying she did not betray the opposition but it was just time for her to move on.
Anywar made the remarks on Friday, January 3 while addressing journalists at Parliament following her vetting before the Parliamentary Appointments Committee.
Asked by journalists on allegations that her appointment symbolizes betrayal to the opposition, having been a member of the FDC, she rubbished the claims saying she accomplished her mission in the opposition and it was time for her to move on.
Anywar said, “There is no permanent enemy in politics. At that time as my President, we (Kiiza Besigye) got along and along the way we disagreed, if one can divorce and throw away the ring, what about a party? To ask if I regret leaving the opposition, I don’t regret anything. Everything has its time. To say I betrayed, betrayed who and for what? I have never been bond with any party and there is no ring to that effect.”
She said that her appointment to the environmental ministerial docket is in recognition for her fight to save the environment in Uganda and vowed to take the same fight to the cabinet.
“I have been passionate about the environment, probably that is why the President has deliberately thought that whatever I was agitating about and make it work. My speaking out on the environment I will continue, I didn’t go to close my mouth, the government needs someone to give it advise. As I leader, I should be able to see the future better than the people I lead, I am not static,” said Anywar.