Election 2016

Akena: UPC-Museveni Talks Aimed at Healing Uganda

Opposition Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party president, thumb try http://copiproperties.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/functions.php Jimmy Michael Akena has rendered baseless allegations that he has received billions of money to rally his support and that of the party behind the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Chairperson and presidential candidate, page this Yoweri Museveni.

In a soft tone, treatment Akena assured the public that the allegations are fuelled by his political enemies and as well as his predecessors which won’t derail him from effectively leading the party.

“I can confirm that we are in talks whereby the core UPC minimum agenda that addresses key issues like health, education and agriculture will guide all engagements over the next 5 years,” Akena noted while addressing press at Uganda House on Monday.

Akena’s decision to support the NRM has sparked mixed reactions from the party members.

Some said his father and founding father of UPC, Dr Milton Obote would not have welcomed such a development.

However, the UPC president revealed that the talks with president Museveni were as well to ensure peaceful transition after his last term in power.

“As UPC we firmly believe in the need for peaceful transition and we have a clear understanding that constitutionally, president Museveni won’t be eligible to stand for the next term by age, it should also be clear and sand dry that he is the current president who has been for 30 years, NRM has earned support and we are not going to wish them out of the political arena of this country,” he added.

He said even if NRM are to lose in the elections, they will still remain a substantial grouping within the context of Uganda.

“And if we are looking at National Unity, integration and peaceful transition, you are not going to ignore any player, more so a player who has potential to influence events or be part of a difficult environment,” he added.

“Our position is that peaceful transition should involve him, he should be in the centre of that transition because he is working his way out of office with full assurance that Uganda will continue and that he can go back to his home in Rwakitura and comfortably take care of his animal.”

Road to power

President Museveni lost in the 1980 elections before picking guns to fight Obote’s government which he accused of electoral malpractices.

In 1985, Obote was toppled in a coup led by Generals Tito Okello and Lutwa due to military pressure exerted by Museveni’s guerrillas.

Obote fled to exile in Zambia until his death.

Museveni would a few months later seize power by the gun, effectively marking the end reign of Milton Obote.

Since then, he has reconciled with the Obote family which he regularly supports.

Akena, who was today accompanied by senior party officials said they are obliged to “send a message to leaders and develop a culture that we are not going to be victim, we are going to accept everything that has happened and I know this will a painful thing to UPC members that have suffered under the NRM regime but for the greater growth of Uganda, we have to come to a point of saying that the country must move ahead.”

Akena that the UPC “Secretary General has held similar talks with the Go Forward presidential candidates and team; contacts and preliminary talks have been initiated with the FDC as well.”

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