Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) faction led by Jimmy Akena has reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the ruling NRM government.
This came after the appointment of Akena’s wife Ms Betty Amongi, to President Museveni’s Cabinet as minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.
Akena had announced that the faction was in talks with the ruling party over the possibility of forming an alliance and had formed a sub-committee of his executive to negotiate the formation of the alliance.
He said their legal team and the Uganda Law Society were sorting out some legal issues that may arise during this process of negotiations.
Political analyst Dr Gerald Karyeija said parties not in power working with parties in power is not uncommon.
“UPC-NRM Memorandum of Understanding formalises an already existent process,” Karyeija pointed out while appearing on NBS television.
He said in order to develop democracy, a number of experiments are made calling the NRM-UPC Memorandum of Understanding as such an experiment.
Karyeija says the pact will give UPC, a diminishing party, visibility and relevance.
“This is not the 1st time UPC is working with a government in power. Besides, we see coalitions world over.”
Akena says the have already approved the appointments of Betty Amongi and Honourable Ruth Achieng for the position of minister and state minister respectively.
Akena is a son of UPC founding President Apolo Milton Obote, who was deposed by Museveni over extra judicial killings and the 1980 electoral fraud that had sparked his 1981-1986 guerrilla war.