Akena's Faction Rejects Move to Unite UPC

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Michael Orach Okae, the spokesperson of the Akena faction, says they are not ready to engage in any talks with the main party leadership, saying all they know is that Dr. Olara Otunnus term as UPC president expired last year.

The Uganda People's Congress-UPC party faction under the Lira Municipality legislator, Jimmy Akena has rejected moves by the mainstream party leadership to engage them so as to reunite party members.



Recently, Joseph Bbosa, the acting UPC party president announced plans to unite the UPC members to pave way for fresh elections for the party leadership. He promised to appoint a committee of eminent party members to lead the arbitration process between the mainstream UPC party leadership and faction under Akena. 

Bbosa told URN on phone this morning that he has already embarked on the consultations with members of the rival faction to see how they can work under the same administration.

 
According to Bbosa, he plans to establish party structures right from the grassroots to the national level before fresh elections for the party leadership are held as directed by high court last year. 

However, Michael Orach Okae, the spokesperson of the Akena faction, says they are not ready to engage in any talks with the main party leadership, saying all they know is that Dr. Olara Otunnu's term as UPC president expired last year.
 
 
He asks Bbosa's group to forget their attempt to cling on the party leadership and join them as the legitimate party leaders.
 

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UPC split into two factions last year after Akena hijacked the process to elect the successor of Dr. Olara Otunnu, who decided not to seek another term of office. 

Akena went ahead to install himself as the UPC party president prompting Otunnu's leadership to petition High court. 

High court annulled the entire process and ordered fresh polls, which Akena's group has flatly rejected.

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.