THE Uganda Peopleâ€™s Congress (UPC) president Milton Obote has appointed a 15-member committee to re-organise the party ahead of the 2006 presidential, parliamentary and local government polls
The UPC National Organising Committee (NOC) is to be headed by the party lawyer Pater Walubiri.
Other members are MPs Okullo Epak (Oyam South), Patrick Mwondha (Bukooli), Alice Alaso (Soroti, Woman), Margaret Ateng Otim (Lira, Woman) and Omodi Okot (Kole).
UPC Presidential Policy Commission (PPC) chairman Dr. James Rwanyarare said during the weekly press briefing yesterday that the committee would open branches in every village in Uganda.
He said NOC also had PPC vice-chairman Henry Mayega, former Ayivu MP Dick Nyai, Livingstone Okello Okello, Chris Opio, Patrick Rubaihayo, Hamza Ssewankambo, Oboteâ€™s cousin Akbar Adoko Nekyon and Bungokho LC3 chairman Ahmed Washaki as members.
Alaso, however, denied having been approached over the matter. She told The New Vision on phone that she was not consulted before being appointed and that she had not even received any instruments of appointment.
â€œThat is news. They should have consulted me. I am a strong proponent of political pluralism but I came to Parliament on an individual merit card. I should be given time to consult my electorate, â€ Alaso said.
Nekyon said he had been appointed because of his 1961 record. â€œIn 1961 we lost the election to DP. I was appointed to chair the committee that reversed the fortunes of UPC and won the next election to form the first post independence government,â€ Nekyon said.
Obote names team for 2006 polls