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Akena Calls Delegates Conference to Elect UPC President; Nomination Fees Set at Shs 20m

The Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party President Jimmy Akena has called a Delegates Conference to elect the party President as per the roadmap issued by the party Secretary General Fred Ebil on Wednesday last week.

“In accordance with article 13.3(2) (of the UPC constitution), I am calling for a meeting of Delegates to take place from 10:00am on 1st August 2020. The Delegates Conference shall elect the party President and adopt the UPC manifesto for the 2021 general elections,” Akena announced.

Although he announced the date as per the party electoral roadmap, Akena did not announce the venue where the Delegates Conference will take place.

“In light of social distancing requirements issued by the Ministry of Health, the party leadership is engaging various authorities including the independent Electoral Commission and the Uganda Police Force in order to secure a suitable venue for UPC Delegates Conference while complying with Standard Operating Procedures of the Ministry of Health.”

The nomination fees for party presidential aspirants have been set at 20 million shillings.

According to the UPC electoral roadmap released by the party Secretary General Fred Ebil last week on Wednesday, those interested in running for party President shall pick nomination forms from June 29th to 3rd July 2020.

The party presidential campaigns for those who will have returned the forms shall begin from 4th to 15th July 2020.

Akena on December 18th 2019 announced that he would seek re-election as UPC President.

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“I am willing to serve my party in whatever capacity and I respect the decisions of party organs. So, I have submitted myself to the Delegates Conference,” Akena said then.

Akena who has been UPC President for 5 years has had disagreements with various senior party figures including former UPC President Olara Otunnu.

Akena is accused of surrendering UPC to the ruling NRM party.

His wife Betty Amongi serves in the NRM government Cabinet as Minister for Kampala.

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