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Panic As Otunnu Moves To Block Another Coup

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pilule geneva;”>The latest political maneuver was witnessed yesterday January 9 when Otunnu summoned UPC district chairpersons, price elders and loyalists in his Cabinet to rubberstamp controversial resolutions.

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The meeting held at Christ The King Hall in Kampala “acknowledged and accepted the mandate of the party President to appoint and replace members of the party cabinet and other leaders he has appointed.”

The meeting further resolved that “both ordinary and extra-ordinary meetings of the National Council can only be convened by the Chairman on the advice and in consultation of the Party President.”

“Any attempt to convene a meeting of the National Council outside those provisions is clearly unconstitutional,” the meeting held.

These resolutions come at a time when sacked party chairman Edward Rurangaranga has set fire on Otunnu’s track by calling the National Council to seal the former Presidential candidate’s fate for sparking confusion in the party.

Rurangaranga and liberal MPs are leading an offensive against Otunnu for reportedly messing up party structures, illegally firing party officials, neglecting the youth wing and falling short of facilitating mobilization efforts.

Rurangaranga told press last week, he was mobilizing signatures to convene the National Council to end Otunnu’s presidency.

However, the Christ The King meeting noted that “the reported solicitation of signatures by certain persons purportedly to convene a meeting of the National Council is unconstitutional.”

The move has worsened the political infighting in the party founded in the 1960s.

While observers say Otunnu has given the party an international face-lift, insiders say the former UN diplomat has failed to bring cohesion in the party.

On his part, Otunnu claims David Pulkol whom he fired late last year was an NRM mole hell-bent on destroying the party.

He further accused the former spy chief and John Odit of mismanaging Shs200m from Deepening Democracy Programme, a non-governmental organization in Kampala. The duo denies the allegations.

UPC youth last November overthrew Otunnu from Uganda House and occupied the party headquarters.

It was the intervention of Kampala police officer Felix Kaweesi and Norman Musinga that restored calm after sweet-talking the youth.

The backbiting, scramble for cash donations, intrigue and power struggle could eventually rub UPC off Uganda’s political arena.

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