Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party top official, also Kitgum Woman Member of Parliament Beatrice Atim Anywar, has lost the quest for the party flag.
Ms Anywar, who is FDC’s shadow minister of energy, oil and mineral resources, left the district Woman seat and sought to be elected Kitgum Municipality MP.
Speaking to Daily Monitor last Friday, FDC electoral commission chief Dan Mugarura said the decision was reached during a meeting chaired by the party president, Gen Mugisha Muntu at the party headquarters last Thursday, where the party’s Secretary General, Nathan Nandala Mafabi announced Mr Denis Onekalit Amere as the official party flag bearer for the Municipality MP seat.
FDC has held party primaries elsewhere in the country and for that matter, Ms Anywar on Friday (prior to FDC’s meeting) threatened to drag the party to court over failure to conduct party primaries for the seat.
She said for long, party executive members had been conspiring to conduct primaries without her consent.
Explaining why the party denied Ms Anywar the opportunity to contest on the party ticket, Mr Mugarura said she supported an independent presidential candidate, Mr Amama Mbabazi, something that contradicts the principles of FDC. Mr Mugarura said the party has now referred Ms Anywar to the disciplinary committee for disciplinary action
Efforts to get a comment from Ms Anywar on the matter were futile as she did not respond to our repeated calls. But sources close to the MP indicate that she has vowed to contest for the Municipality MP seat as an Independent.
At the same meeting, Mr Okin P.P Ojara was endorsed as the official party flag bearer for the Chua County seat after Dr Omona Kizito, his contender, declined to participate in the party primary election.
However, Dr. Omona Kizito described the party’s decision as
unacceptable and pledged to go ahead and contest for the seat as the flag bearer.
Efforts to get a comment from Mr Mugarura and the party spokesperson, Mr Ibrahim Ssemuju Nganda on why they endorsed two candidates without subjecting them to party primaries were futile.