Who is Beatrice Atim Anywar?
Who is Beatrice Atim Anywar?

Who is Beatrice Atim Anywar? Flash Uganda Media looks at her biography, age, husband, children, family, work and experience, political career, and education of the former Member of Parliament representing the Kitgum Municipality.

Beatrice Atim Anywar, also Betty Anywar is a Ugandan politician, former Member of Parliament representing the Kitgum Municipality Constituency in the 10th Ugandan Parliament (2016 to 2021), and former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) strong member. 

Anywar first joined politics as an FDC member, then independent after she lost FDC primaries and eventually she switched to the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party after she was appointed State Minister for Environment.

Effective 14 December 2019, Anywar concurrently served as the State Minister for Environment, in the Ugandan Cabinet, replacing Dr Mary Goretti Kitutu, who was appointed Minister of Energy and Minerals, in the same cabinet.

Beatrice Atim Anywar is one of the longest-serving legislators in the Acholi sub-region who suffered a heavy defeat from her opponents as they attempt to seal their parliamentary bids for the fifth term in the 2021 general elections on an NRM ticket.

Anywar was defeated by Denis Onekalit Amere, a Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party candidate who polled 3,263 votes against 3,052 votes.

Anywar made her first shot in Parliament in 2001 and 2006 respectively as aggressive critics of President Museveni’s NRM government. 

She joined politics as a loyalist of the country’s strongest opposition political party FDC, Anywar fronted the government’s weakness in addressing poor service delivery in education and the health sector, land rights, and infrastructure in the Acholi Sub-region in her political activities.

Anywar gained fame following her commitment to fighting environmental degradation and the plights of vulnerable people especially young children afflicted by nodding syndrome in northern Uganda.

After switching off from FDC and her eventual appointment as the State Minister for Environment, Anywar mentioned that the time she spent in the opposition FDC she did not get much opportunity to deliver services to the community and therefore crossing to NRM party has offered her a clear platform to offer more to her voters. 

Beatrice Atim Anywar became a National Resistance Movement (NRM), leaning legislator, since 2016 when she fell out with the FDC and contested as an independent candidate.  

Early Life and Education

Beatrice Atim Anywar was born on 9 January 1964 in Kitgum District, in the Acholi Sub-Region, Northern Region of Uganda. She attended Makerere University Business School from where she attained an Advanced Diploma in Marketing in 1991. 

Then Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration.

Anywar proceeded with school at Makerere University and obtained a Master of Public Administration and Management in 2004.

Later, Anywar attended Marquette University, United States of America (USA) where she obtained a Certificate in Democracy and Good Governance.

Museveni appoints Beatrice Atim Anywar (1)
On 14 December 2019, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, named Anywar as the minister of state for the Environment.

Career

1991 until 1993, a period of two years, Beatrice Anywar worked as the Depot Manager at a company called UFEL Uganda. 

1994 and 1995, she worked as Senior Marketing Officer at Vitafoam Uganda Limited, a mattress manufacturing company. 

1996 until 2004, Anywar worked in the commercial customer care office of the National Water and Sewerage Corporation, serving there for eight years.

In 2001, Anywar eventually entered Uganda’s elective politics by contesting for the Kitgum Municipality Constituency parliamentary seat and won the race. 

At Parliament, Anywar was appointed as the shadow minister for the environment, during her first term in parliament, due to her environmental activism. She grew famous for her work to save the Mabira Forest in Uganda. 

President Yoweri Museveni, and the government, had before her work decided to sell the forest to the sugar company, Sugar Corporation of Uganda Limited (SCOUL) to cut it down and convert it into a sugar cane plantation for ethanol production.

Beatrice Atim Anywar fought the Mabira forest battle alongside the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) to stop the forest exploitation and arranged a boycott of SCOUI’s sugar.

In 2007, about 100,000 Ugandans demonstrated in a demonstration called “Save Mabira Crusade” against the president and military to save the forest. In the process three people died, many sustained injuries and Anywar’s house was besieged by military and police. 

As a result, Anywar was imprisoned for terrorist acts.

In the 2016 parliamentary elections, Betty Anywar lost the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) primaries and was contested as an independent political candidate and won the race. 

In December 2017, during the parliamentary vote to remove presidential age limits, Anywar voted “Yes”, a move that irritated opposition politicians and supporters.

On 14 December 2019, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, named Anywar as the minister of state for the Environment.

Then in the 2021 parliamentary elections, Anywar lost and her loss was attached to her decision to switch to the ruling NRM party.

Another factor that led to her political downfall is the decision to vote in favour of the removal of the controversial age limit bill in 2018, against the voice of her people in Kitgum district according to a political analyst.

Also, when she was appointed a Minister, she became too passionate to promote the ideology of the party instead of representing the voice of her electorates, who would later pay with a protest vote in favour of her opponents.

Atim Anywar fought the Mabira forest (1)
She fought the Mabira forest battle alongside the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) to stop the forest exploitation and arranged a boycott of SCOUI’s sugar.

Committees at Parliament

  • Hon Beatrice Atim Anywar served as a member of the COSASE committee.
  • Committee on Gender, Labor and Social Development.

Family

Beatrice Atim Anywar is a divorced woman.