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2021 Elections: UPC Withdraws from Presidential Race, Akena to Stand for Lira East MP



Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) has revealed that it will not front any presidential candidate in the forthcoming 2021 general elections.

Addressing journalists at the party headquarters on Wednesday, Sharon Oyat Arach, the party spokesperson said that their only would be candidate, Jimmy Akena, changed his minds and will be standing for a Parliamentary seat of Lira East instead.

“The party is focusing on gaining full positions at the grass root level like Councilors, Mayors and Members of Parliament, so we shall not have the presidential candidate,” she said.

Arach told journalists that selecting a presidential flag bearer is quite a long process since the party already held the delegates conference which chose Akena as the party president recently.

“It is a long process; names of the interested candidates have to go through the National Council which are later forwarded to the National delegates who choose a suitable candidate but as we said, right now our major aim is taking grass root positions,” she added.

She, however, rubbished reports that UPC is planning to either rally behind an opposition candidate or enter an alliance with the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).

“UPC is an independent party and does work under any other political party so we don’t have any plans of allying with others during these polls,” she noted.

Mike Bakalu Kigongo, the party Assistant General Secretary said that the party is ready both strategically and finically for the forthcoming polls.

“We are armed to the teeth to take the net coming elections and I can assure you that we are going to handle the bull by its horns not by tails,” he said.

Sharon Oyat Arach the UPC party spokesman (left) with Mike Bakalu Kigongo, the party Assistant General Secretary at the press conference in Kampala.

Kigongo bragged that the party scored highly in the recently concluded elections of the Special Interest Groups (SIGs).

“We got 538 slots from youth, 510 for People with Disabilities (PWDs) and 344 for older persons. This is a major milestone for the party and special thanks goes to all members and supporters who made the party candidates go through,” he noted.

Meanwhile, Arach also revealed that the party had changed the dates of party primaries for LC 5 Chairpersons, District Councilors, City/Division Mayors and City/Division Councilors.

The party primaries for LC 5 Chairpersons and District Councilors that were earlier on set for Friday 28th August, 2020 have been rescheduled to Saturday September 5, 2020 and the party primaries for City/Division Mayors and City/Division Councilors will take place on Thursday September 3, at their respective electoral units across the country.

She noted that this revision has been done following the revised road map for nomination of Candidates for Local Government elections from 7th -17th September to new dates of 21st September to 1st October 2020 by the independent Electoral Commission.

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Muntu Blocked in Kamwenge



Alliance for National Transformation presidential candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu has been blocked from campaigning in Kamwenge according to a statement he released earlier today.Below is the full statement:

Today in Kamwenge, as we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people. We had earlier in the week agreed on the venue with security agencies. No one had anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or the people to access.

After identifying an alternative place only 100m away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police.

Our policy has always been to do all we can to be reasonable, even in the face of unreasonable action on the part of the state. We engaged the police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner well knowing that they intended to not only frustrate us, but cause us to act in ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on.

While we are confident that we are on the right side of both the law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation. We will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of our campaign.

And yet this truth remains: the regime’s days are numbered.



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Is Johnson Byabashaija courting Enid Kukunda for protection?



The very amiable Commissioner General of Prisons Canon Johnson Byabashaija was recently sighted with President Y K Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s second wife Enid Kukunda as the two had a very secretive meeting in one of the city hangouts.

According to our informers, the two seem to be in a deep conversation that they wouldn’t allow a housefly pass around. However, sources further reveal that Byabashaija could have courted the second lady for protection given that he has amassed a lot of wealth and could be a subject of investigations.

Our sources reveal that Byabashaija who carries himself as Mr.I know it all hasn’t met Madam Enid alone but a host of others with connections to the centre of power in the country.

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Bobi Wine released on Bail



Presidential candidate and kyadondo East legislator Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu has been realeased on bail by the Iganga magistrates court where he appeared to defend himself against accusations of flouting COVID-19 campaign SOPs. A defiant Kyagulanyi took the opportunity to blast the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, whom he accuses of using state power to quell dissident.

This follows a tense week that has seen thousands injured and several dead following Hon. Kyagulanyi’s arrest earlier this week. Demonstrations and riots erupted in many parts of the country and heavy police and army deployment was seen all over the country.

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