UPC Stalwarts Split Over Akena, Museveni Alliance Top story

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Daniel Okello, the UPC District chairperson allied to Dr. Olara Otunnu says Musevenis revelation confirms their long held suspicion that he has been working with Akena to destroy the party.

Uganda People's Congress stalwarts in Lango region are split over the alliance between Jimmy Akena and President Yoweri Museveni. It comes a few days after Museveni revealed ongoing discussions between the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party and the UPC faction allied to Akena ahead of the 2016 polls.

Museveni told journalists at Baralegi State lodge in Otuke district on Friday last week that they were discussing with Akena how to work together. Akena confirmed the ongoing discussions with NRM in an exclusive interview with NBS Television later the same day.

Akena said he was approached by the ruling NRM party and Kiiza Besigye's camp to join hands in the elections but said he was still listening to their proposals adding that he had not yet made a decision.

However, Akena's decision to engage with Museveni has generated mixed reactions from some UPC party stalwarts in Lango region. Daniel Okello, the UPC District chairperson allied to Dr. Olara Otunnu says Museveni's revelation confirms their long held suspicion that he has been working with Akena to destroy the party. Okello says he is not surprised by the decision of Akena to work with Museveni.

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Martin Ocen Odyek, the Speaker Lira District Council says whereas the UPC National Executive Committee has not approved the proposal to back Museveni, party members are free to support a candidate of their choice.

Ocen says of all the eight presidential candidates, only Museveni has been frequenting Lango Sub region adding that they have tasted and benefited from his leadership skills. Brenda Atim Kinyera, the UPC national youth leader says the top party organ will soon pronounce itself on the matter.

On Thursday, Joy Ruth Acheng, the Kole Woman MP and a host of other senior UPC party members joined the campaign rally of Museveni at Omuge Primary school in Bala Sub County. Acheng asked voters to back Museveni since the party has not fronted a presidential candidate.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.