UPC’s Otunnu ‘quits’ active politics

UPC President Dr Olara Otunnu

UPC President Dr Olara Otunnu

Uganda People’s Congress [UPC] president Amb Olara Otunnu has reportedly quit active politics.

Otunnu has been engrossed in a power struggle with founder and former president Milton Obote’s son.

At one point, Jimmy Akena, declared himself president of one of the oldest political parties in the country.

It took court intervention and rigorous negotiations to restore Otunnu’s office.

Then another wrangle popped surrounding the leadership of the Milton Obote Foundation which is still raging.

Otunnu is quoted by NBS television saying he is “eagerly waiting to hand over power”.

After that, he will surely quite active politics for good.

A politician, diplomat, and lawyer, Otunnu has been President of UPC from 2010 to 2015.

Otunnu ran in 2010 to succeed Miria Obote, wife of former President Milton Obote, as president of the UPC.

On 14 May, he defeated her son, Jimmy Akena, at a UPC delegates conference.

UPC nominated him in November 2010 as its presidential candidate.

On Election Day in 2011, however, he refused to vote, even for himself.

He received 1.58 percent of the vote.

Otunnu was Uganda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1980 to 1985 and served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1985 to 1986.

Later, he was President of the International Peace Academy from 1990 to 1998 and he was an Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict from 1997 to 2005.

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