UPC Members Split on Election Road map

However, Jimmy Akena, the defacto UPC leader asked the members to disregard the roadmap saying they would instead follow the one issued by the National Electoral Commission.

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Uganda People\'s Congress-UPC members in Lango region are split on the implementation of the road-map issued by the party leadership under Olara Otunnu.

Last week, the Otunnu administration issued a road map for UPC party primaries. The roadmap requires all those seeking to contest for election on the UPC party ticket to pick nomination forms from July 24 to August 6th 2015.

However, Jimmy Akena, the defacto UPC leader asked members to disregard the roadmap, saying they would instead follow the one issued by the national Electoral Commission.

The two positions have split UPC party members in Lango region. Isa Otto, the former Oyam South Member of Parliament dismisses the Akena faction.

He says they will only follow the guidelines issued by the Otunnu leadership since he is the legitimate party head.

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Jefferson Obalim, a local councilor at Lira district says no party member should honour the road-map issued by the Otunnu administration. He asks the party members to wait for the genuine guidelines to be issued after the national party delegates\' conference at Namboole in August.

Alex Oremo Alot, the Lira District LC V chairperson describes the road-map issued by the Otunnu administration as a sham. According to Oremo, he is still waiting for the authentic primary election road-map. 

Bob Okae, the Apac District LCV chairperson says he will not pick the nomination forms until the internal leadership dispute is resolved. He faults both the Akena and Otunnu groups of violating the party constitution.

David Kennedy Odongo, the Alebtong LC V chairperson and UPC party member says the road-map in circulation was not approved by the party national council.

Fred Ebil, the acting Secretary General of the Akena\'s faction urges all party members to shun the road-map issued by Otunnu\'s administration pending a decision by the party national council. 

But Dan Okello, the Lira District UPC chairperson asks aspirants to abide by the road map saying it was issued in accordance with the party regulations.