Olara Otunnu Overthrown as UPC President

The German Ambassador to Uganda His Excellency Peter Blomeyer yesterday visited Mufti of Uganda Shk. Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje at the UMSC Headquarters in Old Kampala.

Two discussed a range of issues which included the UMSC unity and development programs, here information pills the murder of Muslim clerics, healing click the growing threat of extremism and the UMSC relations with other faith based organizations

Mufti Mubajje remains unhappy with the manner in which Ugandan security agencies have handled the murders, doctor citing the arrest and detention of a number of Muslims, including sheikh Yunus Kamoga, whose justice he says is being delayed

In his remarks, the Mufti Mubajje briefed the ambassador about the UMSC unity and development programs and its relations with the government of Uganda, foreign governments, international agencies and other faith based organizations.

The Mufti singled out the Inter Religious Council of Uganda, the African Council of Religious Leaders  and Religions for Peace international which he said has played an outstanding role in promoting co-existence not only among members of different faiths but also members of difference political affiliations locally and internationally.

The Mufti also briefed his guest about UMSC’s policy of zero tolerance to hate preaching and its efforts to curb the radicalization of Muslim youths by extremist groups.

Ambassador Blomeye, told Mufti that the main purpose of his visit was to acquaint himself with the head and leader of Muslims in Uganda and to learn more about the state of Islam in Uganda from the main source.

He condemned the ongoing murder of Muslim clerics in Uganda and extended his condolences to the bereaved families in particular and the Muslim fraternity in general.


He thanked the Mufti and his team for investing in building UMSC into a strong institution. He mentioned several areas in which UMSC can partner with the German Embassy and also advised him to connect with Muslims in German especially for purposes of mobilizing resources for development.

The two leaders condemned the violence that is going on in the Arab World and called upon Saudi Arabia to play a mediation role instead of directly taking part in the conflicts.

Tension at the opposition Uganda People’s Congress Party hit the boiling point on Friday, diagnosis as supporters of the newly elected party President Jimmy Akena, battled with outgoing president Dr Olara Otunnu.

The latter, who announced his resignation at the end of his term, is unsatisfied with the process through which Mr Akena was elected president last week, citing irregularities that characterized the entire process that must be probed.

At the peak of Friday’s scuffle in which Otunnu was manhandled by Akena’s supporters as he tried sneak of his office to avoid a press conference called to address Akena’s Victory, the angry supporters took a drastic decision to throw him out of UPC’s leadership.

Otunnu was seized from the buildings toilets as he tried to sneak out and avoid the press meeting. He nonetheless stood his ground as the angry members shoved him around, that he would not attend a meeting he wasn’t initially part of.

Otunnu wants an independent committee to probe the election process and if necessary cancel out the election results, something that Akena and his supporters vowed not to allow.

After several minutes of bitter exchange, he was released by the supporters.

The members however, infuriated by Otunnu’s actions organized and took a decision to overthrow Dr Otunnu, even before his term expires.

After Otunnu left Uganda House, they went and purchased new padlocks which they used to lock his office saying that he was no longer UPC President.

Sources in the party told us a new committee led by one Patrick Mwondha was set up, which will provide interim leadership until the July Delegates Conference when the new President will be endorsed.

The council will handle all party activities leading to the July 10th National Council and July 11th National Delegates Conference.

All this took place in the presence of president elect Jimmy Akena, who was occupying the party Vice President Joseph Bossa’s office.

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