Janet Robina Iregu Anyoti Opio, fondly known as “Mummy” or “Gma” was born on 15th May 1944 and went to be with the Lord on 5th January 2024.
She was the eldest child of Yerusa and James Anyoti. She attended Ngora Girls School for her elementary education and Gayaza High School for O and A Level. After which she proceeded to Makerere University where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
She joined the Civil Service immediately after graduating as a Foreign Service Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1968. On 3rd January, 1970, she married her sweetheart Eng. Christopher Opio. As a result of marrying a non-foreign service officer, she was transferred to other ministries and served in different ranks. In 1981, she was promoted and appointed as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands, Water and Minerals.
As a Permanent Secretary, she was passionate about human resource development and career growth as such she pioneered the development of a mineral and mining study program in collaboration with various institutions across the world. She was also responsible for formulating and implementing the program of water and sustainable development in the country. In all her government service, she upheld integrity, commitment, honesty and excelled in her duties, putting the country first.
At the family level, she was blessed with six children, Faith Kokoi, Andrew Okiror, Kenneth Opio, Lilian Chakario (RIP), Carolyn Imede and Steven Odongo. She also had step children; Christine, Lydia, Flavia, Emma and Michael (RIP). She and her husband raised a close-knit family, nonetheless, their house was full of children whom they raised. They sent them to school and took care of them, and as a result everyone referred to her as “Mummy”. In addition, she was blessed with one son in law, Gian; and three daughter’s in-law Rejani, Amanda and Linda, grandchildren; Lilly, Lisa, Levi, Micah, Eliza, Rhianna, Asante and Isaiah.
Mummy always lived a life of happiness. She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, crochet, entertaining and dancing.
Upon the passing of her parents, she was left in-charge of the affairs of the Anyoti family. She cared for everyone in need in the community at large. She had a strong will but a heart of gold. She was amazing and dearly loved.
After a long illness, she was called to be with the Lord on 5th January, 2024.
Janet leaves behind her loving husband Eng. Chris, her sisters, brothers, children and grandchildren.
Burial will take place at Olilim Village – Kokodu – Ngora District on Tuesday, 09th January 2024 at 12:00 noon.
Informed are; Relatives, Friends, In-laws.
MAY HER SOUL REST IN ETERNAL PEACE.