Winnie disowns Museveni jobs, calls minister silly

Winnie Byanyima

Oxfam International executive director, Winnie Byanyima, has dismissed as lies claims that President Museveni is behind all the big jobs she has so far got on an international level.

Byanyima has worked with African Union (AU) as the director for Women, Gender and Development at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and United Nations (UN) as Development Programme director for Gender.

She became the executive director of Oxfam International in January 2013.

Byanyima, a wife of Opposition leader Kizza Besigye, told Daily Monitor she would only “seek government endorsement if she in future were to apply to serve as United Nations under-secretary general because a candidate for that office requires approval by the home government”.

She cited an example of former vice president Specioza Kazibwe’s 2016 bid African Union Commission chairperson job, saying it failed although she had Museveni’s support.


“President Museveni is not the most popular person there,” she said.

Uganda Media Centre executive director, Ofwono Opondo, the sough to expose her: “Ask her where came to join the #ForeignService.”

Byanyima replied: “I was referring to international jobs not Uganda foreign service.”

A tweep Josepha Jabo‏ [@josephajabo] asked: “Really @Winnie_Byanyima? Not even the ambassadorial posting to France (1989-1994)?”

Byanyima relied: “I’m referring to my International roles. Yes, I was an NRM cadre and served in various roles including in Foreign Service.”

Calls youth minister silly

Meanwhile, on her busy twitter handle, Byanyima lashed at Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, the Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs, for sharing “silly” public statements.

Nakiwala was quoted by Daily Monitor saying: “Failure by wives to respect their husbands is forcing men to abandon their children”.

“From my research, the major cause of child neglect is actually failure by women to respect men. I am serious,” Ms Kiyingi told Parliament on Tuesday.

“My point is that if you want to protect a child, you must love and respect the father of the child.”

“This is silly!” Byanyima jumped at the statement.

“Where is the evidence?” she queried.

She when on: “[The] Minister needs orientation about her role and how to make public statements.”



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