Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) led by ousted and restored president, Olara Otunnu, is now preparing for a delegates conference to elect a new party head.
On Friday, High Court declared Jimmy Akena’s seizure of UPC presidency as illegal.
Justice Yasin Nyanzi who made the ruling said the UPC electoral commission didn’t have the powers to declare Akena UPC president since the delegate’s conference which elected him wasn’t properly constituted.
The ruling was in response to an application filed by Joseph Bossa, the UPC vice president under the Olara Otunnu faction challenging Akena’s presidency.
Bossa petitioned the High court civil division on June 17 after Akena was controversially declared president by some party members.
Court will hear a similar petition by other UPC members challenging Akena’s presidency on December 21 2015.
Early last week, Justice Nyanzi extended Akena’s presidency for two weeks after postponing the hearing due to the failure by the rival UPC leadership led by Otunnu to show up in court citing the ongoing campaigns.
Akena is yet to appeal the judgement.
While addressing press on Monday, Otunnu said officials will sit and decide on the date for a delegates conference.
His deputy, Joseph Bbosa castigated Akena as an impostor describing his cabinet as such.
He warned that those picked to stand on UPC ticket risk disqualification too.
“If you are endorsed by a candidate without authority, your candidature is null and void,” he is quoted as saying.
Court dismisses Akena trespass case
Meanwhile, Buganda Road Court has dismissed a case filed against Akena for trespassing on Uganda House during his self-imposed reign as party president.
In September, Otunnu’s led UPC administration petitioned High court seeking a permanent injunction restraining Akena from unlawfully occupying the various party positions including that of the president.
The group sought a High court to order the eviction of Akena and his cabinet from the 6th floor of Uganda House, the UPC party headquarters and declare that he was not elected UPC president, in accordance with the party constitution.
Others sued alongside Akena include his wife Betty Amongi, Maxwell Ebong Patrick Akora, Fred Ebil – all MPs and Patrick Mwondha and Edward Seggany.
Court records show that UPC conducted its presidential nomination exercise on May 30, 2015.
Otunnu’s group claims that contrary to the normal procedures for processing any electoral results, a group of about 30 UPC members allied to Akena led by his wife, besieged Uganda House for an overnight and took over the preliminary returns.
Otunnu further alleges that Akena’s faction then stormed the boardroom of the UPC headquarters and harangued the party electoral commissioners before demanding that Akena be declared the sole winner of the party primaries.
The suspects were expected to return to court on January 15, 2016 for a ruling following a decision by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) who withdrew.
However, Chief Magistrate, Ms Flavia Nabakooza, closed the case citing DPP’s lack of interest and let the suspects free.