Akena, Pulkol Hit Back At Otunnu Over Remarks

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Lira Municipality MP, Jimmy Akena has attacked former UPC Party President, Dr. Olara Otunnu over what he terms as continued personal attacks against him and David Pulkol.

In what has turned out to be a war of words within the Uganda People's Congress, two party members have criticised former party President, Dr. Olara Otunnu over what they term as continued personal attacks against them.

During a press conference convened at Parliament on Friday afternoon, Lira Municipality MP, Jimmy Akena and former spy chief, David Pulkol took offence at Otunnu's persistent criticism of the duo in public in a bid to discredit their credentials.

During a recent press conference in Gulu, Otunnu said whereas a section of party members are committed to its cause and ideology, a group of people led by Pulkol and Akena, are deeply embedded into the ruling National Resistance Movement system and are working to destroy UPC from within. 

However, Akena says Otunnu should not cite the court cases to hide his failure to run the party. He says the essence of going to court is for the UPC party organs to meet and the party moves forward.

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Early this month, Amongi, together with Kole County MP, Fred Ebil sued Dr. Otunnu, seeking an injunction from the High Court to oust him from office.
They said Otunnu had violated the party constitution, which gave him an opportunity to call a delegates' conference before his term expired on March 13, but he had failed to do so for the last five years.

Pulkol, on the other hand, says the court process was in line with the members' rights to demand for sanity within the party.

He said the court case will not be withdrawn and they will wait for the judiciary to decide on the fate of the party.

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The High Court has has fixed hearing of the case for March 30.


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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.