Jimmy Akena Turns Consultative Meeting Into Delegates Conference

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During the meeting, Higenyi Kemba, a delegate from Butaleja moved a motion to constitute the consultative meeting into national delegate's conference.

Uganda People's Congress-UPC delegates attending a consultative meeting convened by the Lira Municipality legislator Jimmy Akena have voted to constitute a national delegate's conference.  Akena had invited the delegates at UMA Hall to discuss ways of resolving disputes in the party.

During the meeting, Higenyi Kemba, a delegate from Butaleja moved a motion to constitute the consultative meeting into national delegate's conference. He argued that UPC was lagging behind other political parties, which have intensified their activities ahead of the 2016 polls.
 
He was seconded by Brenda Atim Kinyera, a delegate from Gulu who argued that those in the evening of their political career shouldn't destroy the party. Kinyera explained that she doesn't want to be a member of a party that is run by one man, which has made it very difficult for them to access information from the party headquarters.

Karen Mujuzi, another delegate from Bushenyi argued that they have wasted five years without executing any party activities. Chris Opoka, the chairperson of the session said the delegates in attendance were sufficient to constitute the quorum for the delegate's conference.

According to the UPC party constitution, more than half of the delegates constitute quorum for the national delegates. At least 512 of the 802 members turned up for the meeting. The UPC constitution mandates the party president to convene the delegate's conference. 

Olara Otunnu has not yet commented on the ongoing delegate's conference as he couldn't be reached by the time of filing this story. Last week, Dr. Olara Otunnu, the UPC President postponed the national delegate's conference and appointed an Independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate allegations against Akena for messing up the results of the endorsement of UPC party presidential candidates.

The commission invited Akena to appear this afternoon in vain. He told URN during an exclusive interview that he wouldn't appear before the Commission of inquiry. He also dismissed all the accusations brought against him by the party leadership saying it was a ploy to sabotage his efforts to save what remains of the party.