Uganda Peoples’ Congress (UPC) party president and Lira Municipality Member of Parliament, Jimmy Michael Akena, over the weekend started campaigns in Lira town.
Akena painted Lira town red while meeting about 2,000 party members at Mayor’s gardens after which he addressed a rally.
He told supporters that come 2021, he will occupy State House as the president of Uganda.
“To those who say Akena is fearing, let me be the first to declare that in 2021, I am going to State House,” he said, emitting cheers and wild ululations from the crowd.
“I want to go to State House. I want UPC to be the government of Uganda,” he reiterated.
The trick, he said was to organize and build a firm base on the grassroots to garner more support for 2021.
The UPC communications officer, Andrew Omara, says they have started circulating UPC’s 2016 manifesto.
Akena recently pulled the party out of The Democratic Alliance (TDA) saying they were able to present their own candidate in 2016 elections.
Akena told delegates he won’t be standing in 2016 before the party has not yet built a firm base but will look toward 2021 when they are better organized.
Akena has been embroiled in wrangles with the Milton Obote Foundation and outgoing UPC president, Olara Otunnu, who denounced his occupation of party headquarters at Uganda House in Kampala.
However, the Electoral Commission in a letter confirmed Akena, a son to former Uganda president, Milton Obote, was the rightful president of the oldest party in the country.