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Who is Evelyn Anite Kajik?

Who is Evelyn Anite Kajik? Flash Uganda Media looks at her biography, husband, children, tribe, family, work and experience, political career, early life and education of the former Member of Parliament, representing Koboko Municipality.

Evelyn Anite Kajik, is a Ugandan journalist, politician, and the current State Minister for Finance, Planning and Economic Development (Privatization and Investment). 

Anite has served this position since June 6, 2016, even when she lost her parliamentary seat for Koboko District in the 2021 general elections; President Museveni re-appointed her back to the position.

Anite is so close to President Museveni who he refers to as his daughter. 

Early Life and Education

Evelyn Anite was born on 11 November 1984, in Adakado village, Koboko District Northern Region of Uganda to Mr Steven Dravu, a civil servant and Mrs Sarah Wokoru Dravu, a businesswoman. 

Evelyn Anite is a Lugbara by tribe and very fluent in both Lugbara and Kakwa languages. 

Anite attended Arua Hill Primary School then St. Mary’s Ediofe Secondary School for her O’ Level education and later Muni Girl’s Secondary School from where she obtained her A’ Level certificate of Education.

She thereafter joined Uganda Christian University, from where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass-Communication in 2008, then Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University in Medford Massachusetts, the United States of America from where she obtained a Global Master of Arts Programme in International Law and Diplomacy in 2019.

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Anite is so close to President Museveni who he refers to as his daughter.

Work and Experience

Anite worked as a radio presenter at a radio station in Arua (Arua One FM) a popular station in Arua District during her Senior Six vacation in 2006, continuing in that capacity intermittently until 2007. 

She worked as a relationship show host. 

Anite while in high school was very passionate about radio work; she used to play out Radio Shows in her school dormitory to her fellow students. So, she drew her passion for radio at an early age.

2006 -2010, Anite worked as a radio presenter at Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. While in 2008 till 2010, Anite served as the Public Affairs Assistant for International Relations at Uganda Media Centre.

In 2011, Anite was elected Youth Representative for Northern Uganda in parliament during the 2011 general election; she won nine other candidates in the race. 

Following her election to Parliament, Evelyn Anite was named State Minister for Youth & Children replacing Hon Ronald Kibuule. She was named to that position on 1 March 2015. 

Then in June 2016, Anite was appointed State Minister for Investment and Privatization after her re-election to parliament as the Koboko Municipality Legislator.

Controversies

In 2014, Evelyn Anite and Margaret Baba Diri engaged in a political dispute. Baba Diri accused Anite of vying for her political seat for Koboko Municipality in Koboko District in the 2016 general elections.

In the argument, Baba Diri claimed that Evelyn Anite was a “foreigner sowing confusion in Koboko to “relieve” her “mother” Baba Diri of the burden of “hectic politics”.

In February 2014, Anite faced resistance during the NRM Parliamentary Caucus, when she moved a resolution to declare President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the official flag bearer (sole candidate) ahead of the 2016 presidential elections. 

Anite was seen kneeling asking members to pass her resolution which was later named the Kyankwanzi Resolution.

Anite also claimed that she had received multiple death threats following her support for the age limit removal which prompted the government to give her security for her safety. To Anite, MPs who were against the Constitutional amendment were “selfish hooligans.”

In support of her response, Anite strongly asserted that the ruling party (NRM) had the numbers and the national army on their side, “we have the magye” she said. However, The Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) distanced itself from Anite’s utterance.

In July 2018, Hamilton Telcom directed a letter to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni accusing Evelyn Anite of discrediting the telecommunications firm from bidding for the purchase of Uganda Telecom (UTL).

In July 2018, Anite allegedly fled the country, on account of being under investigation following reports that she allegedly solicited an $8million (shs28.8 billion) bribe from Arab investors. However, she, in turn, sued the local newspaper that had published the false story intended to tarnish her character.

In another set of controversy, a section of Ugandans living in the United States of America (USA) started a petition and carried out a demonstration following Anite’s admission to Tufts University demanding nullification of her admission.

They argued that the USA should not provide refuge for corrupt officials from Uganda under the guise of further studies. But their efforts went futile when Tufts University dropped the petition stating that their reasoning is less to justify Anite’s expulsion. 

As a result, the University further stated that as a student at the school of law, Anite’s privacy was well protected.

In 2021, Anite withdrew the ambulance she had donated earlier to Koboko Health Center IV after losing the NRM Primaries to Dr Charles Ayume.

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In 2021, Anite withdrew the ambulance she had donated earlier to Koboko Health Center IV after losing the NRM Primaries to Dr Charles Ayume.

Family

Evelyn Anite is married to Allan Kajik, a former deputy Residence Commissioner of Kampala and together they’re parents. The two got married in 2011.