UPC Leaders Consider Sanctions Against Jimmy Akena


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He says Akena's action, which climaxed with a comedy of his swearing in on Wednesday need to be checked.

The top leadership of Uganda People's Congress-UPC party is considering imposing stringent sanctions against Jimmy Akena, the Lira Municipality MP and his supporters. The party leadership accuses Akena and his supporters of undermining the party President Dr. Olara Otunnu and important party organs.

This comes a day after Akena was illegally sworn in by his supporters as UPC party president. While addressing a press briefing at Speke Hotel this afternoon, Ishaa Otto, the UPC Mobilisation Secretary accused Akena of illegally constituting a national council at UMA hall, to approval and enthrone him, in breach of the party constitution.

According to Otto, the UPC constitution only mandates the sitting party president to convene the national council. He says Akena's action, which climaxed with a comedy of his swearing in on Wednesday need to be checked.

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Otto says he is ready to move a motion to punish Akena during the delegate's conference whose date is yet to be fixed by Olara Otunnu. Some of the sanctions the party leadership is considering to taking against Akena include denying him the privilege of contesting on the party flag for both the local and parliamentary positions, banning him from the party or seeking court redress.

Last week, Otunnu appointed an independent Commission of inquiry to investigate Akena for alleged indiscipline. The commission invited Akena to appear and defend himself against the allegations on Wednesday in vain.

Dr. Joseph Bossa, the vice president says there was no reason why Akena didn't responds to the summons.

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With the divergent opinions and methods being used by the different actors in the party to resolve the dispute, the possibility of UPC bringing its house to order before the 2016 elections is limited.