Kitgum. The Kitgum District Woman MP aspirant, who was contesting on the Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) ticket, has defected to FDC, faulting officials in her former party for refusing to endorse her candidature.
Ms Filder Abwono Obote defected last week after Mr Jimmy Akena, the head of a splinter UPC faction, allegedly refused to endorse her as the flag bearer and aised her to support the NRM candidate.
“On meeting with Mr Akena, he told me that the UPC is already in alliance with the ruling NRM party and all party supporters should support NRM, a decision I see as a disgrace to the Opposition that is fighting the NRM,” Ms Abwono said.
She added that Mr Akena also accused her and other UPC members in the district of supporting his rival, Mr Olara Otunnu.
Mr Akena, however, denied the allegations, saying no party member who was willing to carry the UPC flag has been denied endorsement.
Ms Obwona said there was no need for her to keep in the party that is slowing down their leadership ambitions.
She said she crossed to FDC party that was ready to endorse her.
Ms Abwono was pronounced FDC party flag bearer for the seat last week when the party deputy president, Mr Reagan Okumu, was in the area for a consensus building meeting with aspirants.
The incumbent, Ms Beatrice Anywar, has opted to contest for Kitgum Municipality seat.
Ms Abwono is currently the LC5 councillor for Labongo Amida Sub-county LC5 councilor. She will compete with Ms Margret Lamwaka Odwar, the NRM flag bearer.
SOURCE: DAILY MONITOR