UPC: Jimmy Akena gets 2nd term as president amidst wider dissents

UPC delegates on Saturday extended Akena's rule for more five years. Courtesy photo.


Kampala—2, August 2020: On Saturday 1, August 2020 in the afternoon, Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) delegates’ conference confirmed Hon. Jimmy Akena Obote as its party president for the next five years.

Akena’s journey to keep his seat met wider dissents from the group and people opposed to his leadership—with some earlier calling for internal party democracy to prevail, and others demanded for his resignation from the party his father, Dr. Apollo Milton Obote (RIP) founded.

Some of these party members were those who had shown interest to unseat him from the party presidency but could not meet the electoral requirements, one among many, paying shs20m for nomination fees.

Mr Tom Omino and Mr Adim Enap were aspirants who have criticised UPC leadership under Akena. The latter aspirant said last month he was withdrawing from the race, further revealing meeting Akena, a man he had planned to defeat.

For Tom Omino, he issued many statements, calling upon party delegates to shun further processes and urging delegates to boycott the delegates’ conferences.

Hon. Isaah Otto Amiza who subscribes to Peter Walubiri’s group condemned the move that saw Akena maintaining his seat.

“Anyone who wants to be UPC president must be ready to follow the UPC Constitution and stand for president of Uganda in 2021. Not the usual joke of 2016. That’s the position of UPC party,” Mr Otto, who’s a Secretary General under Peter Wlubiri, said.

Lira Municpality MP, Hon. Jimmy Akena attending the Delegates’ Conference on Saturday. Courtesy photo.

Amidst such dissents, UPC delegates on Saturday confirmed Akena, who’s also the Lira Municipality MP as a continuing president for a half a decade.

According to UPC electoral commission chair, Mahmoud Kazimbiraine, 104 districts and five cities chose Akena as their party leader.

Mr Mahmoud said they announced for expression of interest for the presidency position, and only four picked forms. However, of the four, only Akena returned the forms and paid shs20m.

Kasangati Resort Hotel in Waskiso town hosted the UPC 2020 delegates’ conference with over 250 delegates across the country attending.

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