UPC declines Being Part Of Besigye’s People’s Front For Transition.
Written by Tumwesigye Abdu on October 13, 2021
Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) has distanced its self from being part of the recently launched political pressure group the Peoples Front for Transition (PFT).
Arach Oyat Sharon, the Party Spokesperson made it clear while addressing the weekly party presser at the party Headquarters, Uganda House, Kampala that UPC is not part of the initiative and neither have they ever received any communications or invitation to join PFT.
Oyat adds that, whoever purportedly attended on behalf of UPC is a masquerader, impostor and their actions therefore do not represent the position of UPC.
It should be recalled that PFT was launched last week at the headquarters of Justice Forum (JEEMA) in Mengo under the leadership of the four-time presidential candidate Dr. Kiiza Besigye who is deputized by the Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago with the aim to implore non violent means to bring about democratic political change in the
The launch attracted the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Justice Forum (JEEMA), DP-Block, Social Democratic Party (SDP), Conservative Party (CP), Mr. Elton Joseph Mabirizi, Mr. Peter Walubiri who allegedly represented UPC, among others.
However, UPC says that Mr. Peter Walubiri is not a party member and therefore can not in any way represent the party at the front.
Walubiri has been for long time against the leadership of Jimmy Akena who is the legally elected UPC party president and he claims that is the true leader of UPC since Akena decided to dine with the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) and some of the party members are serving as ministers in the ruling government.
Oyat has further called on party members to take note and participate in the upcoming local government By-election to fill the vacant positions following the release of the program for the conduct of these elections by the electoral commission.
According to Electoral Commission (EC), the vacant positions are; District Chairperson (s), District Councils, Subcounty Chairpersons, Subcounty/Municipal/Division Councilors and Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
These elective positions became vacant due to; failed nominations, issues with electoral areas, resignation, ties, logistical failures and death as per the notification from EC. These By-elections will be held on 15 th and 16 th December 2021 accordingly. Party members have been urged to keenly follow the electoral program that will start with updating of the National Voters’ Register from 22 nd – 26 th October 2021, and participate in all exercises as the road map.
Oyat adds that the Party Leaders in those respective electoral areas are encouraged to work hand in hand with Party members to identify, by consensus suitable candidates who will carry the Party Flag in the forthcoming by-elections.
She further explains that, where there is more than one (1) interested members and consensus has failed, the respective Party branch leader should formerly notify the Party Electoral Commission at the National Secretariat not later than 10 th November 2021 purposely to allow the Commission arrange for primaries.
Also, party members should take note that nominations will take from 29 th – 30 th November 2021 at district headquarters.