Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party president, Jimmy Akena, says he now has full authority over the contested Uganda house.
He reminded those asking him to leave that Uganda house was built by his father, the late Dr Milton Obote, the first Ugandan Prime Minister and founder of UPC party.
Akena who was addressing press in Kampala on Wednesday made it clear that he is now the legal owner of the Milton Obote Foundation (MOF) which has been a separate entity from UPC.
“Uganda House was built by my father. UPC party now owns it. And I am the party president,” he told press.
Milton Obote Foundation (MOF), the biggest funder of Uganda People’s Congress (UPC), last week promised to take all legal action against Akena and his faction after refusing to vacate party offices.
The foundation’s chairman, Nelson Ofwono, said they have written to Police and other responsible authorities over the matter but no response has been received.
Ofwono accused Akena of interfering in MOF’s affairs, following a resolution passed by Akena’s faction during their national council meeting, calling for disciplinary action against some members of the foundation.
However, Akena said those summoned, are party members and were called in their individual capacity as party members, not as MOF members.
Akena was also last week dragged to court together with Betty Amongi (Apac district woman MP), Maxwell Akora (Maruzi County MP), and Kole County MP, Fred Ebil among others, for occupying the building illegally.
MOF seeks an order for payment of Shs 21m as special damages for money expended on the premises to enhance the security and preempt the threat posed by the UPC group due to their conflicts.
They also seek payment of Shs 105m per month or Shs 3m for every other day that the group remains in occupation of the premises since June 5, 2015, general and exemplary damages for the loss and inconveniences caused by the group.
KCCA closes building
Meanwhile, the contested building was yesterday closed down by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) citing poor conditions.
According to KCCA, the owners of the affected buildings did not heed a directive to rehabilitate them ahead of the Papal visit in November.
Uganda House on Kampala Road, which houses the headquarters of the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC), several offices and 30 shops, was among the buildings shut down.