Otunnu UPC Faction Begins to Update Register

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In short
The party is using the 2010 delegates register for the exercise because they have not organized legitimate party district conferences in which over 300 delegates are expected to attend. Ishaa Otto the National Mobilisation Secretary in the Otunnu faction says that they are crossing out names of defectors and the deceased and those who have willfully returned party cards.

 The Otunnu faction of the Uganda Peoples' Congress is in the process of updating the delegates register to verify the eligibility of the delegates to the National Council that the faction has been planning for the last three weeks.
 
The council will among others come up and approve an agenda for the annual delegates conference and make pronouncements on the actions of Jimmy Akena who proclaimed himself the new party president.
 
This will be the first time in five years that the Olara Otunnu leadership organizes the National Council meeting.
 
The party is using the 2010 delegates register for the exercise because they have not organized legitimate party district conferences in which over 300 delegates are expected to attend.
 
Isha Otto, the National Mobilisation Secretary in the Otunnu faction, says that they are crossing out names of defectors and the deceased and those who have returned party cards.
 
He says that they do not have the luxury of checking death certificates given the African nature in which the deceased are buried without being reported to the relevant death registrars.
 
The faction has appointed three members of the national council in all regions of the country to help the party identify people who have openly declared their defection and those who have returned party cards.
 
//Cue in: ‘We are considering…
Cue out: …did not know why.'//
 
In May, the party had organized countrywide district conferences but the results were quashed after the release of the Report of the Commission of Inquiry set up by Otunnu, to find facts and make recommendations on the violent events that marred the exercise leading to the seizure of party headquarters by Jimmy Akena.
 
Isha Otto the National Mobilisation Secretary in the Otunnu faction told Uganda Radio Network that the party is striving to make sure that the electoral processes within the party do not suffer disrepute.
 
He says that the party has resolved to call for an extra ordinary council meeting with a 48 hour notice, expected to convene next week depending on the availability of funds and the verified delegates register.
 
Last month, the Akena faction convened the National Council that was attended by over 300 delegates in which they resolved not to join The Democratic Alliance and setup its own administrative organs like the Electoral Commission and Disciplinary Committee among others.