Five out the seven candidates who contested for endorsement as Uganda People’s Congress-UPC party Presidential candidates have disagreed with the outcome of the district conference citing foul play.
The contention follows a tally conducted on Monday showing that Jimmy Akena, the Lira Municipality MP had been endorsed by 67 out of the 110 districts that took part in districts conferences held on Saturday.
Akena was distantly followed by David Pulkol who was endorsed by 12 districts and Joseph Bbosa by 11 districts.
A day after the tally, Akena’s candidacy is being challenged by the other candidates claiming that his nomination to participate in the whole process was not within the constitution.
Akena was the last person to be nominated for the race on May 17th almost a month after the other seven candidates started traversing districts for endorsement.
Prior to this, the district conferences that were due to take place on May 16th were also postponed to May 30th.
David Pulkol, one of the contenders in the race told URN in an interview that the outcome of the district conferences is not credible.
He however doesn’t say whether he will concede defeat or not.
Joseph Bbosa, the other contender says that although there is always a winner and loser in every competition, he doesn’t like the fact that he was forced to lose.
He says that the participation of Akena as the eighth person in the race which had initially attracted seven contenders remains questionable.
Three other candidates, Edward Kakonge, the current UPC National Chairperson, Benson Obua Ogwal and Amuria District Chairperson Julius Ochen expressed similar opinion when contacted by URN on phone saying the outcome could be a well calculated move by Akena and outgoing Party President Olara Otunnu.
Eng. John Buzu Adroa, the UPC Electoral Commission Chairperson says the complaints from the other candidates are late because they all consented when Akena asked to join the race.
He appealed to them to wait until Akena is declared UPC Party president on June 12 if they want to take any step against him.
But Akena, a son to Former Ugandan President Apollo Milton Obote, says his endorsement means that party members have trust in him despite the fact that they have a case against the current party leadership.