UPC to Elect New Party President in June - Otunnu

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In short
The road map released this morning follows an injunction imposed on the party following a petition to court by a section of party members led by Jimmy Akena, the son of the party founder Dr. Apollo Milton Obote. The members argue that Otunnu's term of office ended on March 13th, 2015 and is therefore no longer eligible to undertake any decision as UPC president.

Uganda People's Congress (UPC) will elect a new party president at its delegates conference in June, a road map released by outgoing party president Olara Otunnu shows.

The road map with activities spanning a period of two months indicates that the party will, from 10-17th April, receive applications from the aspiring presidential candidates. Thereafter, The UPC Electoral Commission will process applications for candidates who qualifies.

District endorsements will be sought from 27 April to14 May, ahead of district conferences and national campaigns ahead of the delegate's conference to be held from June 10-11th 2015, UPC party president Olara Otunnu said at a press conference in Kampala Thursday afternoon.

The road map released Thursday morning could however be halted because of an injunction imposed on the party following a petition to court by a section of party members led by Jimmy Akena, the son of the party founder Apollo Milton Obote. The members argue that Otunnu's term of office ended on March 13th, 2015 and is therefore no longer eligible to undertake any decision as UPC party president.

As such, the injunction stops Otunnu and his administration from conducting activities of the party.

But Otunnu said the group led by Jimmy Akena declined invitations to several meetings held with party administrators in preparation of the road map. He added that since the party is bigger than individuals, the administration at national level decided that the elections should be held so that the party prepares for the 2016 general election.
 
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However, Jimmy Akena told Uganda Radio Network in a phone interview that the court case filed against the Otunnu administration still stands. He said any election held under the administration of Olara Otunnu will be null and void.

 

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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.