Members of Parliament under the Uganda People's Congress (UPC) party are split over a proposal to withdraw a court case against former party President, Dr. Olara Otunnu. During an impromptu meeting called by the UPC Whip, Betty Amongi at Parliament to discuss the current divisions within the party, some legislators proposed that in order for sanity to prevail in the party, the case should be withdrawn.
During an impromptu meeting called by the UPC Whip, Betty Amongi at Parliament to discuss the current divisions within the party, some legislators proposed that in order for sanity to prevail in the party, the case should be withdrawn.
Early this month, Amongi, together with Kole County MP, Fred Ebil sued Dr. Otunnu, seeking an injunction from the High Court to oust him from office.
They said Otunnu had violated the party constitution, which gave him an opportunity to call a delegates' conference before his term expired on March 13 but he had failed to do so for the last five years.
They also want court to annul Otunnu's decision to delegate the running of the party to the secretary general. Court has fixed hearing of the case for March 30.
Maruzi County MP, Maxwell Akora says it would be prudent for the petitioners to withdraw the case since Otunnu has stepped down as President.
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While Akora says another meeting will be convened to decide on the matter today, Ebil, one of the petitioners is non-committal on this development.
Ebil says Otunnu has failed to show a spirit of reconciliation, citing a recent meeting he convened in Lango sub-region where he attacked the MPs.
"It is all up to him. If he does not come to the table to negotiate, it will be beyond us. We have been open to dialogue for long but have been branded rebels within the party. The ball is in his court," Ebil said in a phone interview.
Efforts to reach Dr. Otunnu were fruitless as his known phone number was off.
UPC spokesperson, Harold Lucima told URN that he was unaware of the new developments, but welcomed the move.
"If this is focusing on the bigger picture of pushing for cohesion in the party, then we welcome this. UPC is bigger than individuals so we need to work towards rebuilding the party," Lucima said.
During the caucus meeting, the MPs also resolved to mobilise support in Lango sub region, as well as meet supporters over the disharmony in the party.
They will traverse the region from 6th-11th April.