Lira – Uganda Peoples’ Congress [UPC] party led by Lira Municipality MP, Jimmy Akena is not sure it will actively participate in the 2021 presidential [general] polls.
Akena and his entire UPC team are interested first in mobilising Ugandans and gaining grassroots support, countrywide.
And with her National Delegates Conference yet to assemble this year, the party ‘can’t decide yet’ on if, she must have a presidential candidate in the next polls.
However, and droll, as many are now calling it, Dr. Dan Okello – a perennial MP [political] contender who once served as Lira district UPC party chairman has come out to declare not only his presidential bid but has also declared he will be ‘lifting the official UPC party flag’ in the coming elections.
Speaking to TND News recently, Mr. Okello said UPC party leadership under MP Jimmy Akena is working with President Museveni and his party, NRM, one of the many reasons he claims Obote’s son is reluctant to talk about Presidency.
According to Okello Dan, fondly referred to as “Uncle Dan”, he’s a true UPC member and the current Lira district party chairman.
Under Akena reign, Mzee Ocari Dyangcal is the current and legitimate Lira district UPC party chairman – a position his aging comrade, Dan Okello claims to be his.
“To improve the agricultural sector, UPC government is going to give subsidies to the farmers. UPC is going to give agricultural subsidies to farmers in order to improve agricultural sectors in Uganda. Government should empower farmers to fight poverty by providing agricultural inputs and implements through subsidies,” Okello says in his campaign handbook.
On democracy and good governance, the aspiring presidential candidate yet to be nominated by the electoral commission says UPC government once elected shall ensure the independence of electoral commission free from manipulation by one sitting government as “it’s today”.