Akena set to meet supporters in Dokolo on Jan. 13, Kigezi thereafter

(Last Updated On: 10 January 2024)

Kampala I Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party is expecting 2024 to be more demanding on all fronts of human endeavours.

According to UPC, at the household level, most of the families are already facing challenges of getting ends meet while at the same time preparing to take back their children to schools, colleges and universities.

The opposition political party said Wednesday that families are making preparations amid hardships in mobilizing financial resources. The party further noted that it (preparations) demands total sacrifice and commitment as well as proper focus on the task before us.

UPC calls upon the administrations of all categories of learning institutions to be highly compassionate and accept payment of dues in instalments as learners report back to school, says the party’s head of media and communications, Faizo Muzeyi.

Politically, Faizo said in his end-of-year address, the party president, Jimmy Akena informed members and the general public that UPC launched National Mobilization Tours in readiness for the 2025/2026 General Elections following the release of electoral programs by the Independent Electoral Commission.Akena

During the said address, Akena pronounced that a lot of activities would take shape across the country in 2024.

“We would like to inform the entire membership and general public that the president will be in Dokolo district on January 13, 2024, and Kigezi sub-region at the end of January for mobilization activities.

“Other mobilization tour schedules will be communicated accordingly,” said Faizo.

“At the national level, election fever is going to be on the increase and with the delayed Women Council Committees, Local Council 1 and 2 elections, more challenges are starting to manifest. By implication, we are going to have a congested electoral roadmap because of the delayed and over-extended elections.

Also read: UPC finalizing on its national program – Akena 

“UPC is calling upon the government and political parties to fully discuss the question of delayed elections and see how best resources can be secured to finance the entire Independent Electoral Commission roadmap.

“We need to be better focused and decisive on issues that have to do with democracy and governance. All our local and national leadership is derived from people’s choices and covering a specific period of office. Any delays should be connected to more serious issues like natural disasters but not necessarily lack of resources.

“As we prepare for the 2025/2026 general elections, UPC is demanding the implementation of electoral reforms that can ease the campaigns and polling. For instance, political parties with representation in Parliament are assisted through the treasury to facilitate some of their day-to-day activities.”

Quoting Section 14 A (b) of the Political Parties and Organizations Act as amended, “in respect of elections, the government shall finance political organizations and parties on an equal basis”, UPC said the provision has never been implemented.

“All key stakeholders need to refocus on this and proceed decisively as we move to improve our electoral processes.”

Akena, also the Lira City East MP, could run for Presidency in 2026.

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