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UPC Still Adamant on Opoka Candidature

As vote counting for the East African Legislative Assembly representatives continues at Parliament, the Uganda People’s Congress party says Chris Opoka does not represent them.

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As vote counting for the East African Legislative Assembly representatives continues at Parliament, the Uganda People’s Congress party says Chris Opoka does not represent them.

 

Party spokesperson Okello Lucima says that Engineer John Buzu, the party’s Electoral Commissioner, has not yet concluded the internal processes to identify their candidate for EALA.

 

Opoka is among the 17 candidates vying for the nine seats at the EALA.

 

But Lucima says the party stands unwavering on the collective decision taken by democracy seeking parties to not participate in any illegitimate process that runs contrary to Article 50 of the East African Treaty.

 

He states that just like the Forum for Democratic Change, they shall wait for the ruling on the rules of procedure of the Parliament of Uganda.

 

He adds that Opoka’s nomination on May 23 was as a result of a miscommunication. The UPC official says however that this does not mean Opoka is not a member of the party, but maintains that he does not represent the party.

 

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Lucima emphasizes that any decisions and actions taken within the premises of Parliament which diverge with the party position are inconsequential.

 

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Joseph Bossa, the UPC Vice President also confirms the party position, explaining that on Wednesday last week he chaired a cabinet meeting in which the electoral commission was asked to start preparations for the internal process.

 

However, he was shocked to be told that Chris Opoka had already been nominated for the position.

 

On whether they have written to the Clerk to Parliament, Jane Lubowa Kibirige, to clarify on the matter after the first letter written by party President Olara Otunnu was rejected, Lucima said they have not.

But they want Parliament to make its own decision on the matter and when UPC feels injured that is when they shall make a move.

URN could not get a comment from the secretary general Jacinto Ogwal.

But Opoka says if he is elected he will go to Arusha to represent Uganda and not UPC.

Opoka says Otunnu and his team should remember the good work he did for them when the party president.

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