The wrangles, understandably, had adverse effects on the voter. Now they will have just nine foot soldiers in the 10th Parliament
Endless wrangles seem to have cost Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) in the just concluded presidential and parliamentary election after it emerged the 'red brigade' will have only nine MPs the 10th Parliament.
Seesawing between party offices and court, UPC has not been short of drama. Press briefings where two warring camps always played out their rivalry became a norm.
As a result it weakened the passion and drained the blood from the 'congress of the people'.
The wrangles, understandably, had adverse effects on the voter. Now they will have just nine foot soldiers in the 10th Parliament.
James Akena successfully fought for his Lira Municipality seat in the 2016 race. Akena beat NRM's Maj. Pollar Awich perennial challenger.
Akena is also a son of former President Milton Obote who founded the party.
Betty Amongi Betty, Oyam South was given red roses by her voters as she retained her seat. Amongi is wife to Akena.
Court revoked Akena's irregular election as UPC president. Therefore Ambassador Olara Otunnu still holds the reigns for the party presidency.
Maxwell Akora, the incumbent for Maruzi County and Acheng Joy Ruth, district woman Kole, retained their seats against tough challengers.
Ayena Odongo Oyam North lost his seat bringing into play Rtd Col. Okello Engola of NRM. Engola was Oyam district chairman.
Odongo is busy with at The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) defending former Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen in a case of crimes against humanity.
Lucy Ajok, woman representative Apac, lost her seat to Awor Betty Engola (NRM). Betty is wife to Sam Engola, state minister for housing. Engola lost his Erute South seat to UPC's Jonathan Odur.
Charles Angiro Gutumoi painted his township red after regaining his Erute North seat he had lost in the Ninth Parliament. Gutumoi took the seat from Geoffrey Omara of NRM.
Obua Ogwal Benson, Alebtong county, was trounced by Julius Odwe, an independent.
Anthony Okello could drink and celebrate with red wine for snatching Kapelebyong county seat from the incumbent Peter Eriaku of NRM.
Ogwal Jacinto Otuke county lost to new entrant and a former international athlete Julius Acon of NRM.
Ebil Fred, Kole county, got a bloody nose from an independent candidate Peter Ocen Akalokole.