By OTII DENIS
Uganda’s leading opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party has lost one of her members to ruling party, NRM.
Hon. Aciro Concy who was the Amuru district Woman MP from 2006 to 2011, defected to National Resistance Movement (NRM) party on Saturday.
Aciro jumped inside the yellow bus with 19 others from Olwal parish in Amuru district.
Sam Engola, the NRM party vice chairman for northern Uganda welcomed Aciro and others, saying the men and women were in a right party.
Engola said the door is wide open for anybody willing to defect to NRM party any time.
“The ruling party is the only party with hopes and development agenda. In opposition where I was, we were full of propaganda all times and fighting among ourselves,” Aciro said in her first speech after defection.
As an MP from 2006 to 2011, Aciro marketed her then party FDC in Amuru and entire northern Uganda.
“She was the pillar of FDC infiltration and expansion in Acholi,” an FDC loyalist in Lira who preferred anonymity told TND News Desk on Sunday.
In 2016, Aciro contested for Nwoya Women Member of Parliament.
She was badly trounced by Hon. Adong Lilly who’s the current Woman Member of Parliament.
Aciro, the former child soldier who achieved a lot
At ten, Concy Aciro was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels in northern Uganda to be trained as a fighter.
She got significant suffering after managing to escape. In 2007, Aciro graduated from the International Development Department of Birmingham University with an MSc in Poverty Reduction and Development Management.
Aciro was named the University of Birmingham’s Alumna of the Year in 2008.
After graduating from the University of Birmingham, Aciro returned to northern Uganda, becoming an opposition MP in the Ugandan Parliament.
Aciro was involved in peace negotiations and reconstruction work. She was involved in national peace talks between the government and the Lord’s Resistance Army to resolve the conflict in northern Uganda.
Aciro was too, responsible for the formation of a football league to help reintegrate former child soldiers and to build unity between refugee camps. She secured donations of football kits from British football clubs.