The Minister of State for Privatization and Investment Evelyne Anite on Monday caused a scene in Koboko during the Independence Day Celebrations when she sat on a chair and made locals carry her on their shoulders. The photo in which about four men, seemingly NRM supporters are seen moving the Minister on their shoulders has since attracted bashing toward Anite.
The photo taken by NTV journalist Maurice Ochol shows Anite clad in a yellow (NRM party color) gomesi while the men carrying her are dressed in shirts printed on “Amend Article 102(b)”.
Anite who represents Koboko in Parliament is an outspoken supporter of the proposed removal of Presidential age limit and is relentless to push her cause.
Monday’s scene which is akin to what fallen President Field Marshal Idi Amin did before declaring himself ‘Conqueror of the British empire’ has attracted lots of criticism.
“Ugandans are still facing challenges if the mere Anite can be treated like queen because of the ‘Age limit.’ Uganda has got problems,” commented Justus Nasasira on Twitter.
Agaba Primus followed with another tweet, “that’s an image born out poverty, raised by secondary colonialism and slavery. @KagutaMuseveni should be able to look at such an image and then define ideological bankruptcy!”
Other similar scenarios have been used by masters over their subjects.
Anite has previously argued that the removal of the constitutional age limit for Presidency will be a significant win for young people.
She has had a fair share of public criticism for reckless utterances including a more recent one where she claimed that the move to scrap the Presidential age limit had the support of the army.
Meanwhile, still in Koboko district, separate protests were held opposing Anite’s position on the Age Limit debate. Protesters carried placards written on “Koboko regrets voting money minded leaders”.