Sam Odaka quits Milton Obote Foundation

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Sam Odaka the embattled Chairman of the Milton Obote Foundation [MOF] has succumbed to pressure from members of the Uganda People's Congress to quit the foundation leadership. Odaka handed in his resignation letter at an extra ordinary meeting of MOF held in Kampala mid this week. Chris Opoka the UPC Deputy Secretary General and a member of MOF has confirmed that, Odaka stepped down. Odaka told the meeting that he had served for more than 40 years and was not ready to extend his term of office. The management of the Milton Obote Foundation and the UPC leadership has been embroiled in legal technicalities over the administration of funds raised from the Party's properties. MOF was founded by the deceased UPC President Milton Obote in 1964. UPC argues that MOF is a financial arm of the Party. The Management of the Foundation however argues that MOF is a separate legal entity from UPC mandated with managing all its properties including Uganda House. Chris Opoka the UPC Secretary General says they have agreed to sort out their differences with MOF amicably and a new board will be in place by next month. Professor Patrick Rubaihayo a member of MOF says that the meeting in which Odaka stepped down resolved to extend the term of office of the current Board to next month to pave way for amendments in the Articles of Association which were found to be deficient. The amendment will include the revision on whether or not the voting for a new board should be done through secret ballot or by show of hands. The Board is also mandated to review the system of nominating candidates and a proposal that seeks to bar a serving governor or director of the foundation from active party politics. If the articles are successfully amended the new Board will not be entitled to a salary which has also been a source of contention. Miria Obote the Party President, his Vice President and Aswa County MP Okello Okello, Lira Municipality MP Jimmy Akena and Professor Rubaihayo are some of the seven candidates that have been nominated to the Board of MOF.

 

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