Uganda Peoples’ Congress (UPC) party president, visit Jimmy Akena is urging the public to disregard claims against him by the embattled party Chief Administrative Officer, Moses Higenyi Kemba who is currently under suspension, that he is selling UPC to enemies.
Kemba in company of other party members this week launched a campaign to dislodge Akena from the party leadership accusing him of being in bed with the ruling NRM government, as well as selling the party to President Museveni at an alleged sum of Shs 6.6bn.
Addressing the media on Tuesday, Kemba said he was determined to ensure that Akena, who claimed to have come into party leadership by his efforts, is pushed out so that members reclaim their party.
However, while addressing the media on Wednesday at the party headquarters , Akena slammed Kemba and his group as “merely disgruntled members making senseless allegations out of anger after being relieved of duty.”
The UPC Assistant Secretary General who is in charge of the daily running of the party recently suspended several members of staff including Kemba.
Akena says this is part of efforts to address the controversial issues that have persisted at the party headquarters and has nothing to do with NRM or 2021 elections.
“I am not very comfortable to dignifying bitterness of an individual to a very serious matter which the country is having at hand; 2021 is around the corner and as UPC, I want us to be prepared to field a candidate to contest in the elections,” Akena said.
“I have always said the question of whether or how we are going to deal with President Museveni needs to be discussed and must be part of that discussion. If we are talking about transition, we cannot talk about transition excluding Museveni.”
On selling the party to President Museveni at a sum of Shs 6.6bn, Akena said that UPC is a member based organization which lives in the minds and hearts of individual members across the country.
“I as an individual am not in the minds and hearts of these members, so anybody who imagines to deal with an individual to buy an organization, that is a complete fool. I don’t take president Museveni as a fool I am sure he knows that better.”
“This nonsense of monies exchanging for something that is not sellable or buyable is wishful thinking or imaginable by some individuals; it would only be a fool to buy air.”
Akena further refuted allegations of ever receiving money from President Museveni, “This is not about money but how to deal with the future; I am trying to secure a future for myself and the generation to come after me.”
“I am not going to hold onto garbage that happened when I was a kid I have to rise above that one and guarantee a future for Uganda which is reason enough to talk with anybody.”