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Akena faction calls for Walubiri to quit UPC

By Sandra Ampiire

Added 3rd November 2016 12:25 AM

Fights within the party have been ongoing for over a year continue to tear the party apart

Akena faction calls for Walubiri to quit UPC

UPC spokesperson Michael Osinde addressing the media at the party headquarters in Kampala. Photo by Nancy Nanyonga

Fights within the party have been ongoing for over a year continue to tear the party apart

The Uganda People's Congress (UPC) faction backing Jimmy Akena has called for Peter Walubiri who backs the Olara Otunnu faction, out of the Milton Obote Foundation (MOF) and the party at large. 

The party accuses Walubiri of fraud and asserts that the only way to stop the alleged ongoing fraud in MOF is by having him kicked out.

They argue that as long as he (Walubiri) is still on the board of trustees as the chairperson he will still misuse the funds.

"As UPC we shall not stop fighting for the wellbeing of MOF because it was founded by UPC and it belongs to UPC as a party," said Michael Osinde the party spokesperson. 

This comes after continuous wrangles between the two factions on issues concerning the party leadership where the Otunnu faction claims that Akena was never elected as the party President.  

Such fights within the party which have been ongoing for over a year are continuing to tear the party apart. 

"Party members have had enough of Walubiri, his criminal activities and the general embarrassment brought by the association with UPC. It is time he found himself another home where his sort of behaviour is acceptable because he has no place in UPC and national politics at large," Osinde added. 

Osinde was also responding to two articles that were published in a local tabloid, about Walubiri concerning renowned city lawyer Peter Mulira. 

"UPC distances itself from these criminal actions of Walubiri and apologizes to Peter Mulira for the distress he and his family have endured at the hands of the renegade UPC members hell bent on behaving like common criminals," Osinde said.    

Efforts to contact Walubiri on the matter were futile.

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