Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party “president” Jimmy Akena has refused to vacate the party offices at Uganda House as ordered by outgoing president, Amb Olara Otunnu.
On June 22, 2015, Otunnu set up a committee to investigate the conduct of the Lira municipality legislator following an incident where UPC youth took him (Otunnu) hostage at the party headquarters in Kampala.
The five member committee chaired by UPC strongman, Patrick Rubaihayo, recommended that Akena, the party presidential flag bearer, vacates the headquarters and allows Otunnu’s cabinet to work on the modalities for the party’s delegates conference.
Akena and his team have been occupying the party headquarters since he was controversially announced winner of the district party conferences where he picked 67 of 112 designated party district conferences.
He then set up a committee to declare him UPC president, yet, UPC spokesperson, Okello Lucima, insists Akena has never been president of UPC.
Otunnu’s faction wants Akena held accountable for the irregularities surrounding his declaration as president-elect as well as vacate office.
Akena defies, dismisses the report as trash
However, the Akena-faction has dismissed a report released by the Otunnu’s committee saying he does not hold any position within the UPC party and cannot dictate over its activities.
Michael Osinde, the UPC acting party spokesperson, told Monitor that as far as they are concerned, Akena was duly appointed and he is the substantive UPC president.
He says the report lacked a table of contents and an executive summary “nor could it state how many districts were visited during the UPC election or the number of persons interviewed and their names. This creates doubt”.
“This said report was not directed to a particular office for implementation and its professionalism is questioned so we will treat it as a missed call,” Osinde added.
He claimed that the report was based on hearsay and had no facts to back it up as he questioned the authors’ intentions.