The Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) has warned a group of people whom it called masqueraders to desist from organizing a party delegates conference on December 4, this week.
UPC said that as the country is fully concentrating on Presidential, Parliamentary and local Council Campaigns; there is a group of individuals went to social media to announce UPC District and Delegates Conferences unknown to the party.
After the Court nullification of UPC’s current leadership led by Mr. Jimmy Akena in September, a rival faction led by a one Peter Walubiri declared that it has taken over the leadership and released its electoral roadmap, which included this delegates conference.
Walubiri also accused Akena for not fielding a presidential candidate in the 2021 general polls, where he said that he (Akena) had ring fenced UPC presidency by asking for Shs20m nomination fees, which scared away all the other competitors.
The delegates conference according to Walubiri is aimed at electing new party leaders, after the court declared him the acting party president.
However, speaking to journalists at the party headquarters in Kampala this week, Faizol Muzeyi, the party Head of Media and Communication sent a strong warning to this faction, which he said will not like the outcome of their event.
“The Party leadership wants to sound a warning to all Regional Vice-chairpersons, Party District Chairpersons, branch leaders and general membership that there is no delegates conference on 4th December 2020 as is making rounds in the public domain. And whoever is making this propaganda should stand warned” he said
“We appeal to the Party members to ignore such reckless and irresponsible statements and focus their attention to ongoing campaigns and mobilization for the Party. These self-seekers who masquerade to represent the Party, should be totally ignored and we remain focused,”
Muzeyi told journalists that the legitimate Party leadership is in place and fully in control of all-Party matters.
Meanwhile, UPC used the same platform to condemn the acts of violence that are being inflicted on presidential candidates by security forces during the enforcement of the covid-19 guidelines.
Muzeyi noted that UPC is a signatory to the “I choose peace for Today and Tomorrow” campaign that was launched on 26th November 2020 at Serena Hotel – Kampala by the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) under the Interparty Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) umbrella.
“UPC has been at the fore front of advocating for a peaceful environment for elections and the Party therefore fully supports this campaign as it aims at ensuring peace in the country; before, during and after elections. UPC once more calls upon all candidates right from Parish Councilors to Presidential Candidates to first prioritize the safety of the lives of people before they seek for votes, amidst Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
“To you, Ugandans, peace and safety of life starts with you as an individual! So please consider using dialogue methodologies of sorting out any prevailing issues as you carry out your day to day activities,” he added.
Asked whether UPC is planning or has started supporting any presidential candidate since they don’t have one, Muzeyi told the ChimpReports that UPC as a people’s independent party is now strictly focused on mobilization and campaigns particularly at both Parliamentary and local Government levels.
“This is aimed at securing a strong grassroot foundation that will strongly enable the Party compete effectively and it is a dream we should put in reality so as to fulfill the grand visions of our Founding Fathers,”