The Uganda Peoples’ Congress (UPC) party has dropped its earlier position not to build alliance with embattled former coordinator of intelligence services General David Sejusa to remove President Museveni from power in 2016.
This was after the officials of the party led by the Secretary General Jacinto Ogwal met with a team led by General David Tinyefuza at the UPC headquarters in Kampala.
On General Sejusa’s team was former Kampala Lord Mayor Nasser Sebagala, who has since also fallen out with President Museveni.
Two weeks ago, the UPC had indicated that they would not work with General Sejusa describing such alliance as “disastrous.”
Addressing a joint press conference Wednesday evening after a meeting between the two parties, Jacinto Ogwal, the UPC Secretary General says as a party, they had agreed to now work with Sejusa with the aimed of removing President Museveni’s government from power.
General Sejusa on his part said there is a need to build capacity of the opposition. And also a need to protect former leaders because that is why they fear to leave power.
UPC becomes the third political party to agree to work with the former spy chief.
Others are the Democratic Party and People’s progressive Party that is led by the former local government minister Bidandi Sali.
UPC embarks on countrywide campaigns
Meanwhile, the seven candidates vying for the post of the Uganda Peoples Congress party president kicked off countrywide campaigns Thursday afternoon.
The seven are expected to traverse the country and get endorsements from party members in a third of the 112 districts as required by the party constitution.
They are Joseph Bossa, Edward Kakonge, Benson Obua Ogwal, Julius Ochen, Dan Okello, David Pulkol and Wandeka Sam Musamali.
The countrywide campaigns will run till May 14th.
The UPC party constitution requires that aspirants for the position of party president be endorsed by a third of districts in the country before the party electoral commission presents them to the national delegate’s conference for elections.
The national delegate’s conference is slated for June 12, 2015.
David Baliraine, the chairperson planning and implementation of the UPC roadmap says the district delegates’ conference will sit on May 16th to nominate the seven presidential candidates according to article 11.2 (6) of the party constitution.
Some aspirants like Joseph Bossa are however contesting the requirement for them to visit a third of the 112 districts saying it is costly.
David Pulkol, who has not started moving to the districts, says he is ready to answer any question from the delegates at the district level because he thinks he is the best candidate to lead the party.