Chaos As Anywar Storms FDC Meeting In Kitgum Top story

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Kitgum District Woman MP, Beatrice Anywar accused the district Forum for Democratic Change party executive led by chairman Alfred Amoi, of planning to rig them out of primaries.

A meeting of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party in Kitgum district on Sunday evening ended in chaos and fighting, after district woman MP, Beatrice Anywar stormed the venue.
The meeting was allegedly convened at Olympia Guesthouse by the party's Electoral Commission to plan for primary elections scheduled for Monday.

Chaos and fist fights ensured after MP Anywar, FDC district Secretary General, Phillip Okin Ojara and their supporters stormed the meeting under the cover of rains, at about 7:30pm. 

They accused some party executives led by Alfred Amoi, FDC Chairperson in Kitgum and two officials of the party Electoral Commission from Kampala led by Hussein Lubega, of planning to rig the party primaries.
MP Anywar entered the meeting and grabbed already filled FDC nomination forms from the two FDC Electoral Commission officials as they officiated consensus building between aspirants. She tore some to pieces and scattered others on the floor.

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MP Anywar is seeking the party flag to contest for Kitgum Municipality seat while Phillip Okin  Ojara is vying for Chua County Member of Parliament. Anywar says the primaries process did not follow the party constitution.
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Shortly after MP Anywar nominated former Prime Minister and Go-Forward presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi, Alfred Amoi, the FDC chairperson told URN that he was too surprised that MP Anywar could betray the party she founded.

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Hussein Lubega, one of the two FDC electoral officials sat throughout the confusion that lasted more than ten minutes.

Earlier, Phillip Okin Ojara briefly attended the meeting. He made submissions and led his supporters out of the meeting after the commission members announced that they were in the district to hold party primaries on Monday. 

After about 45 Minutes, he returned alongside MP Beatrice Anywar to engage party officials over the organization of the primaries. 

According to Lubega, communication from FDC headquarters was sent to the district executive and that the primaries would proceed as planned.


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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.