A lot of fury has been spilling on social media platforms in Uganda directed to former Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] strongwoman, Beatrice Anywar.
Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, known for his unshakeable stance against the country’s ruler, wondered what could have possessed Anywar to switch to the ruling NRM party.
“What could have motivated you my dear sister, Maama Mabira, to jump onto a boat that’s about to wreck and capsize!!?” Lukwago wondered in a social media message.
Moses Atocon Atyeko, known for championing anti-government political social media forums said: “I didn’t believe prostitution was an industry until I met Beatrice Anywar.”
This rage followed President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s attendance of Kitgum Municipality MP, Beatrice Anywar’s thanksgiving prayers at Boma Grounds, Kitgum District.
— Godfrey Tumusiime B. (@Godfreybt) May 26, 2017
Speaking at the event, Museveni called Anywar “my sister Beatrice Anywar”, saying he was working “to win her to his side.”
The president said for about 10 years, Anywar’s attitude has been changing positively, asking NRM to what Jesus told his people, to become fishers of men.
“Am here to see if I can fish Anywar and all the other fish in the lake. NRM had recruit more,” Museveni told the gathering.
Political betrayal or survival strategy. What lessons from FDC WOMAN MP BEATRICE ANYWAR REPRESENTING KITGUM DISTRICT
— Aroma Patrick (@PatrickAroma) May 26, 2017
In July 2016, reports made rounds that mama Mabira was on her way to join the ruling party, arguing that in politics there are no permanent friends and enemies.
In the eighth and ninth parliaments, Anywar was the Kitgum Woman MP on the FDC ticket.
In the run-up to the 2016 elections, she became critical of some officials in FDC and then nominated former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, for the presidency.
Later, with the political tide moving against her in Kitgum, she made a U-turn and backed FDC’s flag bearer, Dr Kizza Besigye.
She defeated Denis Onekalit, the FDC flag bearer after running as an independent, declaring she was free to work with any party, including the NRM.
Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] secretary for mobilisation, Ingrid Turinawe, yesterday shared pictures of Anywar with various politicians and then asked: “Okikola otya? [How do you do/manage it?]”
While sharing Anywar’s saga, some tweeps also picked on Democratic Party President, Norbert Mao, who was seen donning what looked like an NRM cadre uniform usually seen in Kyankwanzi during the ruling party’s retreats.
However, Mao donned the uniform while threatening to recruit a paramilitary force to counter the threat of iron bar hit-men on the streets of Gulu town at night.
The main focus of this fury, Beatrice Atim Anywar, also known as Mama Mabira, born 1964 in Kitgum. She is a member of Parliament for the opposition party FDC, and minister of the Environment in the Shadow Cabinet.
She was chosen to the parliament in 2006 by defeating the NRM candidate Santa Okot. She became well known for her work to save the Mabira Forest in Uganda.
Beatrice Anywar aka Maama Mabira inviting M7 on her thanks giving ceremony over her party is a sign of conspiracy with the regime.
— Arinaitwe Victor (@arinaitwevicto1) May 26, 2017
In 2007, about 100,000 Ugandans demonstrated in a demonstration called the “Save Mabira Crusade” against the president and military to save the forest.