President Yoweri Museveni has said his cooperation with the Uganda People’s Congress party started way back in 2011.
In September at the start of the Presidential campaigns, decease http://cooperatition.org/wp-includes/category.php Chimpreports caught wind of and reported about this NRM – UPC alliance that was quietly being negotiated.
A few days later Museveni confirmed the development when campaigning in Lango sub-region where he eventually managed 60 percent of the vote.
UPC president Jimmy Akena did not offer himself to stand for president in the elections and neither did any other party member.
It has now emerged that this marriage did not just start with the last elections but dates back to 2011.
President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday this week held a meeting with NRM leaders from Lango sub region who were aggrieved with the appointment of 2 UPC members to the new cabinet, medicine leaving out party members who sacrifice a lot for the ruling party.
The president told the group; “I know you honorables are wondering why I picked some people out of the family (NRM) to the Cabinet. I am only sorry that I did not tell you people earlier but I have been in clandestine relationship with them (UPC) since 2011, look ” Museveni told the NRM members according to a source who attended the meeting.
The NRM leaders including the national vice chairman Sam Engola, 14 Members of Parliament, district party chairpersons and three flag bearers from Dokolo, Oyam and Lira municipality exerted pressure on Museveni to drop both the UPC nominees and pick their replacements from the ruling party.
“We are in a multiparty system where the winner takes it all. The NRM was the winner in the last elections and everything should belong to us,” one of the leaders told Museveni.
The meeting culminated in the dropping of one of the UPC members Ruth Acheng who had been appointed Junior Fisheries Minister.
In a letter through the Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa to the Appointments Committee of Parliament, the president withdrew the designation of Ms. Acheng, retaining her colleague the minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development designate Betty Amongi who is also the wife of Akena.
In 2011 Akena’s faction that lost the UPC party presidency to Ambassador Olara Otunu, disagreed with the latter’s leadership.
Akena and his majority group from Lango sub-region which is the UPC stronghold did not join Otunnu in his campaign for presidency.