EC confirms Akena as genuine UPC president


UPC members of Parliament Jimmy Akena (left) and Benson Obua Ogwal hug at the memorial held at Sheraton Hotel, Kampala.

The Electoral Commission has recognised Jimmy Akena’s group as the legitimate leadership of the Uganda People’s Congress-UPC party.

According to the letter by the Electoral Commission, the faction led by Akena, fulfilled the requirement of availing the Commission with a list of its sworn-in cabinet members, after their delegates conference, as is expected of them by the Political Parties and Organisation Act.

Jotham Taremwa, the spokesperson of the Electoral Commission told URN that Akena’s group was confirmed after they presented the list of the new cabinet members after their delegates conference on July 1st, as is expected of them by the Political Parties and Organisation Act.

“There are no two parties contesting. The information we have is that there is a new leadership and we have no information contrary to that,” says Taremwa.
He says that the Electoral Commission verified the authenticity and manner in which Akena and his leadership came to power and confirmed them after verifying the details of the delegates conference that took place on July 1st.

Akena sued

The development comes after the management of Uganda House dragged Akena and his faction to court for illegally occupying the premise.

Milton Obote Foundation Limited and Uganda House Investment Limited instituted the suit against UPC leaders through Kigozi, Ssempala, Mukasa & Obonyo (KSMO) advocates last week.

According to New Vision, Akena was dragged to court together with Apac district woman MP Betty Amongi, Maruzi County MP, Maxwell Akora and Kole County MP, Fred Ebil.

Others include Higenyi Kemba, Tom Omino, Richard Angweri, Patrick Mwondha, Night Kulabako, Gideon Akomu, Kallen Mugizi, Brenda Atim, Fahad Kilyiri, Patrick Aroma and Josephine Babirye.

They contend that the forceful, illegal and acrimonious grabbing of and taking possession of the said premise has caused tortuous economic interferences with their business and that of other tenants.

It also seeks an order for payment of Shs 21m as special damages for money expended on the premises to enhance the security and pre-empt the treat poised by the UPC group due to their conflicts and Shs 105m per month or Shs 3m for every other day that the group remains in occupation of the premises since June 5, 2015.

They also contend that the UPC faction commandeered by Akena (calling himself the “President elect” of UPC) made an impromptu attack on the said premises, took over control and occupation of the sixth floor, tenant’s cash, documents and properties belonging to the management and some of their tenants.

Akena has appointed members to his cabinet prior to being sworn in and such members joining the band wagon of the forceful and illegal occupation of the premises.

Meanwhile, the High Court, Land division has summoned the UPC faction to file a defence within 15 days from the date of service of summons.

The summons was given under the seal of court on July 30, 2015 to be presided over by Justice Wilson Kwesiga.


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