President Museveni was on Friday in an ecstatic mood after the public capture of Kitgum Municipality MP Beatrice Anywar, formerly an opposition FDC stalwart.
That Ms Anywar has been working in President Museveni’s ambit is a long held public secret after she contested as an independent in the 2016 elections and later acrimoniously voted yes to last year’s Constitutional Amendment that lifted the age cap to the sole advantage of of Mr Museveni in future presidential elections. However Mr Museveni could not hide his joy on Friday after attending an event in Ms Anywar’s constituency and the two rode together in the President’s official vehicle.
Mr Museveni tweeted on his official verified account:
“I congratulate Hon. Anywar for finally embracing the revolutionary message of the NRM after years of constantly bringing confusion among her people”.
Ms Anywar is widely expected to be picked as a minister in the impending Cabinet reshuffle likely to be announced during the Easter holidays.
Below is Mr Museveni’s Full statement after visiting Kitgun:
Hon. Beatrice Anyway, the Kitgum Municipality MP, invited me to her constituency where I broke ground for the construction of the Centenary Church Kitgum, St Janani Luwum Church and the Irene Gleeson Memorial Public Library and Youth Training Centre. I also addressed a gathering at Boma Grounds.
I congratulate Hon. Anywar for finally embracing the revolutionary message of the NRM after years of constantly bringing confusion among her people.
The issues that are being used to cause confusion are fundamentally valid but only the NRM has the practical and sustainable plan of resolving them.
Quality vs quantity of education, cattle compensation and salaries of public servants among other things are the issues. While we have made tremendous progress, we must continue to be organized in prioritization to achieve better results.
Blatant lies have also been told against government and I urge wanainchi not to listen.
In the case of nodding disease, studies have shown that the syndrome is associated with river blindness. It is transmitted by the black fly which operates like the female anophelese mosquito in relation to malaria.
Government will therefore carry out a mass treatment twice a year in parts of Northern Uganda in the month of April and October and we shall hopefully have more districts declared free of nodding disease.
The success of the treatment will entirely depend on community’s compliance as it must be administered at the same time.
The people of Acholi took part in bringing peace to this country and a lot of them paid heavily during the LRA insurgence. I thank you and urge you to resist detractors of the deliberate moves to consolidate these efforts.