Former Uganda People’s Congress president, Olara Otunnu, says UPC will never ally itself with NRM’s president Yoweri Museveni.
“UPC will never ever go in bed with Museveni,” Otunnu told Lira residents at John Akibua stadium where Amama Mbabazi had a rally on Wednesday.
Recently, the new Uganda People’s Congress [UPC] party president, Jimmy Akena, made headlines when he was accused of receiving Shs1bn from President Museveni to join forces with the ruling party.
This came after a UPC Member of Parliament, Ruth Aceng, was seen campaigning publically for Museveni in Arua town.
While addressing a news conference in Otuke district, Museveni told journalists that they are in talks with Akena.
Addressing press in Kampala, Akena confirmed that UPC was in talks with NRM.
“As UPC we firmly believe in the need for a peaceful transition and recognise that this could only be the last term for President Museveni and therefore any meaningful transition cannot exclude him and NRM from this transition.”
Akena explained that the discussions on these important national matters are not limited to NRM and that the Secretary General has held similar talks with the Go Forward Presidential candidate and team.
He said contacts and preliminary talks have also been initiated with the FDC, the statement said.
However, Otunnu who leads another faction of UPC opposed to the inauguration of Akena, says the party of Dr Milton Obote is not part of the “unholy alliance” between Museveni and Akena.
“That [Museveni-Akena alliance] is a personal arrangement.”
Otunnu and Akena are still locked a mortal combat over the leadership of Uganda’s oldest party.
It should be remembered that when Otunnu chose to join Go Forward, Akena withdrew UPC from The Democratic Alliance [TDA].
Social and political analyst, Sarah Nalukenge, says Museveni only allied with Akena to revenge on DP’s Norbert Mao and Buganda for supporting Mbabazi.