The State Minister of Finance in charge of Investment and Privatization, Evelyn Anite has said losing a parliamentary election was “a blessing from God” as it helped her venture into soap manufacturing.
Anite made the revelation on Wednesday at her Sabuni Savon factory built at her home in Koboko municipality. The minister turned her spacious home into a product storage and built the manufacturing plant right beside.
“I am happy to report that losing election in October 2020 (NRM primaries) was a blessing from God for me to get into manufacturing and lead a more productive life,” said Anite.
Anite represented Koboko Municipality in the 10th Parliament (2016-2021) after serving as the Northern Youth Member of Parliament in the 9th Parliament from 2011 to 2016.
She however lost the NRM primaries of October 2020 to Charles Ayume, son of former Speaker of Parliament, Francis Ayume.
Commenting about the elections, Anite claimed that a number of irregularities tipped the result for Mr Ayume including allowing minors and foreigners to join the voting line.
“My (campaign) agents refused to sign the declaration forms when they saw children joining the line and citizens from other countries,” said Anite.
The l Minister added that she decided not to join her agents to fight to defend their victory, but instead talked to them to let things be.
“I finally decided to mobilize the agents and the women I had skilled to make soap for home use, to start a serious commercial venture,” she said.
Her factory, she said, is also making body jelly, lotions, liquid soap and other detergents, being distributed in West Nile, DRC and South Sudan.
Morrison Rwakakamba, the Board Chairman of Uganda Investment Authority, lauded Anite for being an exemplary figure.
“This is a big achievement and I must congratulate Hon. Anite for walking the talk to champion the establishment of the first factory in the area,” said Rwakakamba.
The UIA Director General, Robert Mukiza also praised Anite for listening to President Museveni’s call for Ugandans to engage in the four main sectors of agriculture, ICT, services and manufacturing.