Masaka UPC Leaders Join Calls For Otunnu's Exit

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Uganda People’s Congress leaders from Greater Masaka region have joined the call for immediate resignation of party leader, Olara Otunnu.

Uganda People’s Congress leaders from Greater Masaka region have joined the call for immediate resignation of party leader, Olara Otunnu.

Over 80 UPC central Executive Members convened a crisis meeting at Masaka Social Center on Saturday morning and unanimously denounced Otunnu as an incompetent leader, who is taking the party backwards.

The leaders comprising of 10 UPC district chairpersons, have given Otunnu 14 days to resign to give way for fresh party elections during which, a new party President will be elected. The leaders have drafted 4 key grounds on which they are basing to plot for Otunnu’s exist.

The leaders point at Otunnu’s failure to give a clear guidance to the UPC and failure to reconcile the party members which has led to massive defection of key leaders. They also argue that his failure to vote himself in the presidential elections shows that the former UN undersecretary has no UPC at heart.

Ben Kigongo Bakabulindi, the Central Region UPC Chairperson says if Otunnu fails to resign in 14 days, they will forcefully remove him from office. Bakabulindi claims that of the 10-point program they expected him to do during his elections, he has done nothing.

According to Bakabulindi, Otunnu has not only failed to manage the party but has encouraged defections because of his failure to promote reconciliation.

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Wahab Ssemazzi, the Rakai district UPC youth leader claims that during Otunnu’s presidential campaigns in the district, he handed to the UPC leader their demands but he has failed to give them a feedback. Ssemazzi identified some of their demands as opening up an office in Rakai district, starting a youth development project and coffee collection center.

According to Ssemazzi, when they went to Kampala to follow up on their demands, unknown security operatives blocked them from accessing Otunnu. He explains that this means Otunnu is not approachable yet leaders must be approachable.

Night Kulabako, the UPC Central Region women Affairs chairperson says Otunnu must resign because he has failed to create an environment to attract women to join UPC.

The UPC president could not be reached for a comment on the accusations against him and whether he would adhere to UPC demands.

Recently, Jimmy Akena, the Lira Municipality MP said he was disappointed by Otunnu’s leadership.


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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.