Obote’s son pulls out of UPC party primaries


Engena flashes his candidature sign while launching his Presidential manifesto at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala in late 2015

By MICHEAL OJOK

Bishop Edward Stanley Engena-Maitum, son to former president Milton Obote has pulled out of today’s Uganda people’s Congress (UPC) party primaries for the Apac municipality seat.

Engena-Maitum told our reporter in an interview that his withdrawal from the race for party parliamentary seat was occasioned by mismanagement of the electoral process.

“I am concerned that my participation will only legitimize a process that is neither credible nor transparent or objective. I call upon all the 329 delegates to boycott this election which is in real terms, a selection and not an election,” Engena-Maitum said.

Maitum said he would now contest for the Apac municipality seat as an
independent candidate.

Apac district UPC chairperson Julu Ojok told this Reporter in an interview that the party hasn’t received any official communication from the candidate and still consider him among the three contestants
in the primaries.

“We have not received any communication in any form declaring his intentions of stepping down from the party primary elections and that is why we still have him on our ballots papers,” Ojok said.

Lango region UPC spokesperson Moses New said Maitum is free to contest on any ticket so long he writes to the secretariat declaring his position.

“It is his constitutional right to decide which party to affiliate with, but if he wants to contest as an independent, he will have to write to us declaring his position,” New said.

The two other party flag bearer hopefuls are Patrick Ocan, the director of Divine schools in Apac town and Jacob Otim, a lecturer at Kyambogo University.

The national nominations for candidates for the new sub- counties and town councils, municipalities and districts is scheduled for 4th and 5th of June while the elections shall be held on the 17th of July
2018.


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