UPC Otunnu, Akena wrangles worsen


Akena, Mama Miria and Olara Otunnu attend a memorial service for late Milton Obote


Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) will elect a new President at its delegates conference in June, a roadmap released by outgoing Party President Olara Otunnu shows.

The roadmap with activities spanning a period of two months indicates that the Party will, from 10-17th April, receive applications from the aspiring Presidential candidates.

Thereafter, the UPC electoral Commission will process applications for suitably qualified candidates.

District endorsements will be sought from 27 April to 14 May ahead of district conferences and national campaigns ahead of the delegate’s conference to be held from June 10-11th 2015, UPC President Olara Otunnu said at a press conference in Kampala this afternoon.

The road map released this morning follows an injunction imposed on the party following a petition to court by a section of party members led by Jimmy Akena, the son of the party founder Dr. Apollo Milton Obote.

The members argue that Otunnu’s term of office ended on March 13th, 2015 and is therefore no longer eligible to undertake any decision as UPC president.

As such, the injunction stops Otunnu and his administration from conducting activities of the party.

But Otunnu said the group led by Jimmy Akena declined invitations to several meetings held with party administrators in preparation of the roadmap.

He added that since the party is bigger than individuals, the administration at national level decided that the elections should be held so that the party prepares for the 2016 general election.

However, Jimmy Akena told Uganda Radio Network in a phone interview that the court case filed against the Otunnu administration still stands.

He said any election held under the administration of Olara Otunnu will be null and void.


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