Winnie Byanyima is now 61

Winnie Byanyima

UNAIDS executive director Winifred Byanyima on Monday January 13, 2020 celebrated her 61st birthday.

She is a Ugandan aeronautical engineer, politician, and diplomat.

She served as the executive director of Oxfam International before joining effective November 2019.

A wife to opposition figure Dr Kizza Besigye, Winnie was born January 13, 1959 (age 61 years), in Mbarara municipality Western Region of Uganda, a British protectorate at the time.

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Her parents are the late Boniface Byanyima, one-time national chairman of the Democratic Party in Uganda, and the late Gertrude Byanyima, a former schoolteacher who died in November 2008.

Between 1981–1986, Winnie left her job as an engineer at Uganda Airlines to join the Ugandan Bush War.

Museveni and Byanyima had been raised together at the Byanyima household as children, with the Byanyima family paying for all Museveni’s education and scholastic needs.

Museveni, Byanyima, and her husband Kizza Besigye were combatants in the National Resistance Army (NRA) during that war.

Both Byanyima and her husband have since fallen out with the Ugandan president because of his repressive undemocratic rule despite his earlier stated convictions.

On 7 July 1999, Winnie married Kizza Besigye in Nsambya, Kampala. They are the parents of one son named Anselm.

Her 61st birthday found Winnie in Geneva, Switzerland.

Democratic Party President Norbert Mao was among those who wished her a happy birthday.

“Join me to wish @Winnie_Byanyima a happy birthday⁩. Over the years she has, like a Joan of Arc, fought injustice in high places, home and abroad, armed only with one weapon – TRUTH! Surely a fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree. The name of the Lion of Ruti lives in you!” he tweeted.

A champion of human rights, Winnie in her latest message said: “Not stopping opposition politicians from campaigning would be the best way to protect children & all citizens from police violence. The @PoliceUg should be neutral and should fight crime especially violence against women and children. Yes?”

She was responding to a report by NTV where police pledged to meet the medical bills of a two-week-old girl from Kasangati, who was exposed to teargas last week, as the force attempted to stop Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi from holding a meeting there.



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