The Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) has defended its decision to field fewer candidates in the forthcoming Parliamentary Polls saying it is premised on quality rather than quantity.
This followed reports that the party had failed to front candidates in more than 300 constituencies.
Rather than admit weakness however, Muzeyi Faizo the Party’s head of Communications while addressing press said this was deliberate.
“At parliamentary level we have nominated over 45 candidates and people of good standing,” Faizo said.
“This time, we have discovered brilliant candidates with good ideas. We have brought quality candidates not quantity. And these are in Jinja East, Butaleja, Bushenyi, Serere, Soroti, Kapelebyong, Kitgum and our stronghold of Lango,” he added.
Those nominated include; Party President Jimmy James Akena who will be vying for Lira East Constituency, Erute South’s Jonathan Odur, Betty Amongi the incumbent Oyam South legislator and Santa Sandra Alum Ogwang who is eyeing the Oyam Woman Member of Parliament (MP) seat among others.
The Party’s number of nominated candidates however is a pale comparison to their Opposition Counterparts Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and Democratic Party (DP) who have fielded 316 and over 100 candidates respectively.
While many might cast this as a sign of a looming political catastrophe, Faizo argued that in fact UPC is well grounded now than ever before.
“From July last year the UPC leadership with support from the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) through the Inter Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) organized a series of trainings across the country targeting party members and a critical but necessary contact was made that enabled the UPC leadership to reach out and touch base with their members,” Faizo said.
While announcing his decision not to run for Presidency last month, UPC President Akena promised to work tooth and nail in ensuring that the party scoops more Local Government and Parliamentary seats at the 2021 General Elections.
“I have put and redoubled my efforts to support and campaign for UPC Candidates at all levels. I value everybody who has picked up a party flag. At this election I am preparing to contest for Lira City East. And this is to continue the fight to rebuild the Party,” Akena vowed.