Otunnu orders probe, disowns Akena


UPC presumptive leader Jimmy Akena

Uganda People’s Congress-UPC party has called off its national delegates conference and instituted a commission of inquiry into the conduct of Jimmy Akena, the Lira Municipality Member of Parliament.

The UPC delegates conference was scheduled for July 10th.

The Commission of inquiry is led by Professor Patrick Rubaihayo.

Other members of the commission include Professor Charles Kagenda Atwooki, Professor Willy Washington Anokbonggo and lawyer Peter Walubiri.

The appointment of the Commission stems from a recent incident where Akena and his supporters stormed the UPC party offices at Uganda House along Jinja Road and interrupted the compilation of preliminary results of the nomination returns of party presidential candidates.

They took some party leaders including the UPC party Electoral Commission members hostage before forcefully occupying the offices with the help of police.

Now, the UPC party leadership accuses Akena of among other things of voter bribery, blocking the Electoral Commission and the Elections Review Board and causing irregularities during the processing and verification of party president nominations forms.

Others are declaring himself party president, assaulting the party president and forceful occupation of the party offices.

Olara Otunnu, the incumbent UPC party president says the actions of Akena have rendered the party Electoral Commission worthless.

While addressing the media, Otunnu said UPC does not recognise Akena as the president-elect because the delegate’s conference has not convened to elect a president.

An earlier meeting convened by Otunnu at the party headquarters to resolve the disparities failed to yield results as Akena allegedly incited his group to disrupt it.

Akena told URN on phone that he is the president elect since he was endorsed by 2/3 of the district delegates, which, makes him unopposed.

He also disagreed with the postponement of the UPC party delegates conference saying it violets the roadmap before court.

Akena also denies all the charges brought against him saying it is an attempt to rewrite party rules, a thing he will not tolerate.

The Commission of Inquiry is expected to conclude its findings and submit a report to the party by July 10th 2015.


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