The Uganda Peoples’ Congress (UPC) party has opened a fresh period for people who want to apply to become the party president in the fourth coming elections due to take place on June 12th.
This comes after a group led by Jimmy Akena, the son to party founder the late Milton Obote petitioned the party leadership to allow Akena to pick nominations forms to allow him run for the top leadership position in the party.
In his petition to the party leadership, Akena says he didn’t pick nomination forms because he was still waiting for the court ruling that was made on May 6th.
He says since the MPs Beatrice Amongi and Fred Ebil, who went to court lost their application to block the implementation of the road map towards election of the new leadership of the party, he was ready to pick forms and campaign in the few days remaining so that he can also be endorsed.
While addressing a special press conference on Monday, party President Olara Otunnu says as UPC, they believe in unity and reconciliation and hence the leadership sat and agreed that more special days should be given for those who were in court to get forms.
He says one of such person is Jimmy Akena who is also the MP for Lira municipality.
Jimmy Akena says he welcomes the decision.
The belated nomination of MP Jimmy Akena brings to eight the number of candidates who are vying for UPC party presidency.
Others are Bossa, Edward Kakonge, Benson Obua Ogwal, Julius Ochen, Dan Okello, David Pulkol and Wandeka Sam Musamali.