UPC Plans for New Youthful Image

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The Uganda People's Congress (UPC) plans to have 60 percent of its offices at all levels filled by youth members of the party over the next five years. Chris Opoka, the UPC Deputy Secretary General, says the plan is part of a program to attract more youth to the party in time for the 2011 general elections. He says the program is already being effected at universities and other institutions of higher learning. According to Opoka, UPC faithful have been appointed to the student guild leadership at Mbarara University and Mbale Polytechnic. He says the party is now eyeing the Gulu University Makerere University Business School guild elections. The inclusion of more youth in decision-making roles in the UPC is one of a list of proposals to be discussed by the party during a meeting of its Central Executive Committee next month. The Central Executive Committee will also discuss amendments to the UPC Constitution which are expected to bring reforms within the Party. Opoka says that among the amendments to be discussed is the prerogative of the party president to appoint officials to key positions in the UPC instead of leaving the selection of the officers to the fate of a general vote. //Cue in: iIn the past #i Cue out: i# delegates conference.i // The top leadership of the UPC met over the weekend to agree on strategies through which the party can revitalize its tainted image as an outdated political party ahead of the May meeting.