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‘Sole Candidate’ James Akena a Step Away from Reclaiming UPC Presidency

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Opposition Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) has yet again refrained from revealing as to whether its Party President James Akena intends to vie for Uganda’s Presidency in the 2021 General Elections.

Addressing the Press at Uganda House on Wednesday, Hajji Mahmoud Kazimbiraine the Party’s Electoral Commission Chief played a dodgeball saying it is the National Delegate’s Conference to decide.

“The National Delegates Conference will give us the final word. And that delegate’s conference is due to sit on August 1, or next Saturday. The Communication people will tell you where the delegate’s conference will be seating,” Kazimbiraine intimated.

Furthermore, Kazimbiraine stated that he is not Akena’s Spokesperson and as such can’t tell whether he will stand as Lira Municipality legislator or take a shot at the country’s presidency.

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Apparently, Akena is in pole position to retain UPC leadership after an impressive run of results in the yet to be concluded race for the party’s top seat which began on June 29, 2020.

Among four candidates who were eyeing the job, it should be noted that only Akena sailed through after the others failed to meet the prerequisites within a period of four days starting on June 29, 2020.

Hitherto, his name was forwarded to the district conferences for nomination awaiting the approval of the National Delegates Conference.

This attracted the ire of Beatrice Amaro, Tom Omino, and Dennis Enap who complained of unfairly being ejected from the race.

Despite a few hiccups caused by the lockdown, Kazimbiraine says that Akena has already garnered more than the required one-third of the electoral districts which then takes him to the last stage.

“One-third of those districts must nominate you before you can be presented to the next level of our electoral process,” he explained.

“Hon. Jimmy Akena has had 84% nominating him meaning that he can now be taken to the next level of our electoral process which is the delegate’s conference,” Kazimbiraine added.

Provisional results indicate that the Lira Municipality Member of Parliament (MP) has so far been nominated by 109 electoral areas pending results from twelve other areas.

On the other hand, twenty one electoral areas which comprise of 20 districts and one city did not nominate him over unknown circumstances.

Even then, Kazimbiraine says all is not done as delegates shall have to assess Akena’s leadership credentials before he can take up the mantle.



Source – chimpreports.com

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NRM CEC Sets Up Election Disputes’ Tribunal

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Nnalongo Jayne Kalumba Sweeps Maddu Town Council Polls Despite Intimidation, Violence

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Museveni Address Rescheduled To Sunday

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The Presidential Address on COVID-19 has been postponed to Sunday, September 20, 8pm according to Senior Presidential Press Secretary, Don Wanyama.

Wanyama through his Twitter said: “Good people, the Presidential Address on COVID-19 has been rescheduled to Sunday, September 20th, at 8pm. It will be live on TVs and radios. Asante,” Mr. Wanyama tweeted.

This week, the President summoned a special cabinet meeting to determine the future of learners and other sectors such as bars, sports and music events.

Last week, there were reports that schools, especially candidate classes are set to reopen for the second term that will end in mid-December, and that third term was to begin in January or February, whereas UNEB exams are to be written in March or April 2021.

However, Minister for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and National Guidance, Judith Nabakooba urged the public to ignore these kinds of reports that are speculating about the reopening of academic institutions.

Nabakooba said that only President Yoweri Museveni has the mandate to reopen schools and all other institutions that were closed as a measure to combat the spread of the Coronavirus.

“The mandate to guide the nation on the reopening of schools and other institutions is with His Excellency the President of Uganda,”

“When it comes to the national COVID-19 response, I want to call upon Ugandans to be calm and ignore some of the speculative messages regarding the reopening of public institutions.”

The Ministry of Education was the first to dismiss the reports as being untrue and asked parents to disregard the same.

In total, Uganda’s health ministry has to-date declared 5,594 Coronavirus cases, of whom over 61 have died and 2,544 have recovered.



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