FDC Disowns MP Beatrice Anywar

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) have disowned Kitgum Municipality Member of Parliament Beatrice Anywar, The Tower Post reports.

The legislator who had been a strong figure in the opposition party fell out with them in the 2016 General Elections when she sided with Independent presidential candidate John Patrick Amama Mbabazi instead of FDC flag bearer, Dr. Kizza Besigye.

The move which annoyed party leaders saw Anywar kicked off the FDC spot for Kitgum Municipality which was handed to the youthful Onekalit Amere.

Anywar later contested as an independent candidate and won the election.

Over the weekend, the legislator who had been ailing following an accident invited President Yoweri Museveni as the chief guest for her thanksgiving ceremony in her constituency in Kitgum.

She was seen donning yellow clothes at the ceremony, a gesture that was interpreted as crossing over to the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).

This would later raise questions since Anywar was always at the forefront of criticising President Museveni and his government.

Asked about the issue, FDC Deputy Spokesperson Paul Mwiru said that Anywar left the party when she stood as an independent in the 2016 general elections.

“FDC is a not prison that we need to give a person a letter showing that she has left the party. People leave at their own will like others who join FDC,” Mwiru told journalists at the party’s weekly press briefing at their offices in Najjanankumbi.

He noted that since she stood as an independent, Aywar is free to be associated with any group she so wishes.

“Since elections ended, she has not been associating with the party. We cannot regulate her actions because she stood as an independent. So, her inviting the President to her ceremony cannot be part of our business,” Mwiru noted.

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