Akena, Otunnu want reconciliation


UPC faction leader Hon Jimmy Akena has expressed his willingness to reconcile with another faction led by Mr Olara Otunnu.

The two sides that have been battling for legitimacy at the Uganda House were advised by court to settle outside court.

Mr Edward Ssegwanyi, the secretary general says that they have resolved to seek reconciliation as the only way forward.

Disagreement between the two wings broke out after the party administration launched a roadmap for the election of new party leaders.

Akena, who had failed to pick nomination forms to contest for the presidency within the designated period, was later allowed to contest and won by over 75%.

However, before Akena was endorsed as legitimately chosen president, he took over Uganda House in a coup hence a court suit was filed by the Otunnu team and successfully won to stay his (Otunnu’s presence) at Uganda house as president.

Among other things that caused a row, include the manner in which the delegates’ conference should be convened and what should be the aim.

“We have never had any problem with convening the delegates’ conference, we always wanted the conference to convene at that level of making a final decision on a matter and streamlining party leadership, what we do not agree with Ambassador Otunnu is that he wants a different kind of delegates’ conference,” Mr Ssegwanyi said.

Mr Otunnu however welcomes the gesture of reconciliation and confirms he is ready to open a new chapter with the Akena faction in order to build the party.

Jimmy Akena is son to former President of Uganda Dr Apollo Milton Obote who is also the founder of Uganda People’s Congress.



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