Akena, Otunnu clash over TDA, conference  


Otunnu addressing press at the UPC headquarters in Kampala as Akena looks on

The Otunnu faction of the Uganda Peoples’ Congress is in the process of updating the delegates register to verify the eligibility of the delegates to the National Council that the faction has been planning for the last three weeks.

The council will among others come up and approve an agenda for the annual delegates conference and make pronouncements on the actions of Jimmy Akena who proclaimed himself the new party president.

This will be the first time in five years that the Olara Otunnu leadership organizes the National Council meeting.

The party is using the 2010 delegates register for the exercise because they have not organized legitimate party district conferences in which over 300 delegates are expected to attend.

The party’s reputation hangs on a thread amid disagreements with the Jimmy Akena faction.

Over the weekend, the Akena faction cautioned The Democratic Alliance (TDA), over the continued presence of Olara Otunnu as party president saying it is against the interests of the Akena-led party.

The Akena leadership is opposed to the continued representation of the party by ordinary members and the use of the party flag by the alliance, following the resolutions of the National Council in August, in which the faction disassociated itself from the alliance.

While addressing the media Friday at the party headquarters in Uganda House, Michael Osinde Orach, the spokesperson of the Akena faction said that the TDA is overstepping its boundaries by interfering in the internal affairs of UPC.

Otunnu was last seen attending the TDA summit in Bugolobi yet Akena pulled the party out of the opposition coalition saying they were only interested in building structures so they can capture power in 2021.


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