UPC’s full statement on national tours, NAM summit and violence

(Last Updated On: 17 January 2024)

Kampala I The Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) would like to thank the people of Dokolo district for the wonderful reception they gave to the Party President Hon. Jimmy Akena on his ongoing nationwide mobilization tours on Saturday 13th January 2024, which is in line with the demands of the 2025/2026 electoral roadmap released by the Independent Electoral Commission.

This is the third presidential mobilization visit after Apac and Amolatar respectively. The President is now set to visit the Kigezi sub-region in the last week of this month (January). We want to appreciate UPC regional and district leadership for working hand in hand with the National Secretariat to make the national mobilization tours a success.

In these mobilization tours, a lot of recruitment is done as well as encouraging members to stay focused on the task which lies ahead of us. This is equally the time to reach out to all potential members who will carry the UPC flag at different elective positions to start getting prepared for both internal processes and the 2026 general elections. Potential members of Special Interest Groups (Youths, Elderly, Persons with Disabilities and Women) are reminded that their elections are getting closer, and advance preparation is very much vital.

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This is indeed a clear testimony that the Party President Hon. Jimmy Akena is fulfilling his commitment of traversing the whole country as he drums up support for UPC in the forthcoming presidential, parliamentary and local government elections. We therefore call upon members and the general public to get prepared and welcome the President across the country.

The 19th NAM summit gets underway in Uganda

Finally, the long-awaited 19th Non-aligned Movement (NAM) Summit has got underway with senior officials meeting with the task of working on the technical document (Kampala Political Declaration) followed the Summit’s ministerial meetings from 17th – 18th January 2024 to deeply analyze and adopt the work prepared by NAM senior officials and thereafter forward to the heads of Government/State Summit where final decisions and resolutions are made.

In all these processes, Uganda as a hosting country is chairing the meetings, which is a great honour to the country regardless of what we have undergone to reach this stage of NAM. However, UPC has noted with concern that there is a wider range of challenges that affect member States of NAM and deserve urgent attention.

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The heavy debt burden has enslaved NAM members since the Arab – Israeli war of the early 1970s and this has reduced the capacity to invest in our economies and trade as well as create viable opportunities for the youthful population. UPC calls upon the ongoing NAM Summit to come up with practical solutions to the debt trap.

Other troubling challenges which NAM ought to pay attention to are; food insecurity, climate change, poor health, unemployment, migration and terrorism. UPC demands focus and decisiveness by NAM so as to restore hope for a better future.

This demands massive investments in innovation and technology that can boast large-scale production as well as heavy reliance on our local raw-materials. The NAM members who have made a breakthrough in development should act as a model to inspire others, which is consistent with the theme of the ongoing NAM Summit, “deepening cooperation for shared global affluence”.

Let us be tolerant towards each other at a family level

Of late, the media has been awash with domestic violence cases claiming people’s lives and/or maiming victims, which are raising serious concerns. Police have intervened at some points and aligned the culprits before the courts of law.

However, domestic violence is on the increase! Children are being subjected to this difficult situation with threats not to report anywhere and this seems to be responsible for the fewer cases reported on time.

UPC calls upon the line government agencies, religious institutions and non-governmental organisations to go the grassroots and start working closely with various families in the communities in a bid to wipe out this unfortunate behaviour.

Some of the UPC leaders who attended the weekly press conference on Wednesday. Courtesy photo.

For God and My Country.

The writer, Muzeyi Faizo, is the head of media and communications, at UPC .

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