Uganda: I Am Still in UPC, Says Akena

Speaking at a thanksgiving ceremony of his wife, Ms Betty Amongi, Mr Akena said he is not prepared to compromise his values

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Mr Jimmy Akena, the president of one of Uganda People's Congress (UPC) party faction has said his alliance with the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) will not sabotage his dream of becoming president in 2021.

"Many people have talked about what Akena is saying but I have not said anything. And people who are talking seem to imagine what is in my mind. When they ask me I say I was UPC yesterday, today I am UPC, tomorrow I will still be UPC," Mr Akena, who is also Lira Municipality MP said amid cheers.

Speaking at a thanksgiving ceremony of his wife, Ms Betty Amongi - the minister for Lands- at Adel Primary School, Minakulu Sub-county in Oyam District, Mr Akena said he is not prepared to compromise his values.

"But I want to see progress. I have also made it very clear what I plan for the next elections. And in this journey, we [UPC] are prepared to bend over to ensure that Uganda is united... The results [for February 2016 elections] are in; we are not challenging the results. But be rest assured when the campaign begins for the next election, I want to see UPC flag flying. And where that flag is flying I will be because UPC had a vision for Uganda," he added.

Mr Akena thanked President Yoweri Museveni for "reaching out and seeking for a formula whereby we can all live together in unity in Uganda. As Akena I will pursue this angle."

He accused some people from Lango sub-region, whom he declined to name, of "tearing down" leaders.

According to him, some people only love to lament but are never involved in productive engagements that can develop the region.

"I don't believe in this politics of abuse. And in fact when you start by abusing a fellow politician, how do you expect to be able to talk or work with him?" he said, adding that there are some people from Lango who are trying to hijack the political space.

"But the only thing they know is how to abuse and how to tear down leaders. Most of them only talk on radio. When it comes to the real heart of politics and working for the people of Lango, and the people of Uganda, you don't see them," he added.

Mr Akena is a son of former president Milton Obote whose regime was toppled by his army commanders who were later overthrown by President Museveni's National Resistance Army (NRA).

Source: The Monitor

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