Lira—23, August 2020: Ahead of 2021 general polls, ‘few contributions’ should be expected from Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party led by Hon. Jimmy James Michael Akena Obote.
Mr Akena also doubles as the Lira Municipality MP, and a contender for Lira City East MP in the forthcoming polls.
The few expectations from UPC party will be in line with any possible or planned opposition coalition with interest to dislodge Uganda’s current president, Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni out of power.
President Museveni, who has ruled the East African nation since 1986, is now aged 76.
Several times, opposition politicians and some activists have demanded that he should step down. Museveni’s ruling party, NRM, has always backed him and declared him a sole candidate in many general elections.
With less than eight months to the next general elections, opposition parties may select to work together under a coalition with a prime aim of capturing power from the NRM leader.
However, should such a coalition become an option, UPC might be out of it because they are not interested in the presidency.
Earlier this year, Akena issued a statement indicating he was, or UPC as a party was not ready to front a presidential candidate against President Museveni.
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Appearing on NBS TV on the program “NBSFaceOff” recently, the UPC leader said the circumstances haven’t changed.
“The circumstances haven’t changed. We still have very low numbers in parliament. As the party leader, I thought we should double efforts there. We have doubled our efforts in local government,” he said, as quoted by NBS TV.
Akena also refuted allegations that he overthrew Dr John Olara Otunu from office, further defending that he was legally elected.
The Obote’s son was on August 1, 2020 elected by the party delegates to man the party his late father founded for another five years.
Prior to his re-election, Akena was accused by a section of his rivals for party presidency.
Among some accusations were that he ensured nomination fees to be increased from a mere shs3m to shs20m without open approval by other party top leaders.