FORMER members of the UPC Presidential Policy Commission (PPC) have written to exiled former President Dr. Milton Obote questioning his mandate to fire them.
The members said under the Political Organisations Act, the Uganda Peopleâ€™s Congress (UPC) belonged to the people who registered it as a political party and that they should be consulted on the running and re-organisation of the party.
The former PPC chairman, Dr. James Rwanyarare, yesterday acknowledged writing to Obote but declined to give details. He said he was waiting for a response before making the letter public.
â€œI sent the letter just
two days ago and we are waiting for his reply. It was a strong letter which I cannot discuss at the moment until he has responded to the critical issues which were raised by the former PPC,â€ Rwanyarare said.
A source on the disbanded PPC said there was a conflict over Oboteâ€™s mandate to replace the PPC with the Constitutional Steering Committee, chaired by Hajji Badru Wegulo.
â€œWe were telling him that it was not necessary to create another improvisation since PPC was running the party for all these years. We also told him that since the party had been registered, it was automatic the organs of the party would become operational,â€ the source said.
Oweyegha Afunaduula, a former member of the PPC, also said, â€œWe have written to him raising some of the issues which we think are vital in the running of UPC.â€
PPC was dissolved in a major party shake-up late last month.
The source said PPC also told Obote that UPC had been registered by some people who had a right to make decisions in its running.
Those who registered it were Rwanyarare, Peter Walubiri, Hajji Badru Wegulo, Henry Mayega and Cecilia Ogwal.
â€œWe told him that under the POA, the real owners of the party are those who registered it and hold its certificate. This means that they can conduct all the business of the party,â€ the source said.
The source said UPC was facing a problem of harmonising the POA and the UPC constitution.
â€œUnder the circumstances, some members are saying the POA should guide us while others are saying it should be the UPC constitution. We told him that he should have consulted us before making the changes. We had worked out a plan and it was soon to be implemented,â€ the source said.
The source said PPC wanted Obote to reverse his decision and allow elections at branches in April-May.
It also wanted elections in constituencies in June, at the district at the end of June and a delegatesâ€™ conference in August or September, to mobilise resources and draft a manifesto for approval by the delegatesâ€™ conference.
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