Akena appeals to court for his presidency



Lira Municipality MP, Jimmy Akena, says he has resolved to appeal a decision by Uganda High Court to kick him out of the office of Uganda People’s Congress [UPC] party president.

On Friday, High Court Justice Yasin Nyanzi said Akena was fraudulently declared party president.

The judge said the electoral commission did not have the powers to declare him president since the delegates conference that elected him was not properly constituted.

Addressing press at Uganda House in Kampala Wednesday, Akena and his faction expressed dissatisfaction with the ruling.

“We respect the court ruling but we are not satisfied with it,” Akena said.

“We have appealed to the Constitutional Court and the process is under way.”

Akena stressed that the status quo remains as him being the party president.

He disclosed that the case was a judicial review which was not concerned with the merit and circumstances under which things are meant to have happened but only concerned with the procedure that followed.

According that procedure, now reinstated UPC president, Olara Otunnu, and his candidate also his deputy, Joseph Bbosa, failed.

He says this created the battle within.

Akena observed that he was nominated 10 days before the delegates conference and was able to campaign throughout the country.

He accused Otunnu of using party funds to support Bbosa who stood with him in the elections.

Meanwhile, Otunnu says they are already making preparations to hold another delegates conference and elect a new party president.

Bbosa on the other hand, says those chosen to stand on the UPC ticket under Akena’s cabinet risk disqualification since he is an “impostor”.

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