The wrangle for the control of Uganda’s oldest party – The Uganda People’s Congress, has taken another legal turn this Thursday afternoon.
Members of the Uganda Peoples Congress who had gathered at Eureka Hotel this morning on the invitation of the party president Olara Otunnu for a national conference geared towards discussing the strategy for the upcoming 2016 elections were barred from meeting after it was found to be in contravention of an already filed court order by UPC party member – Hajji Muhammad Kazaliraine, the Party regional chairman in Masindi.
A police letter written to the hosts of the meeting IPOD, Otunnu, Party Secretary General Jacinto Ogwal and Edward Konge on 13th January 2015 warns that the meeting was summoned against an interim court order barring the party president from calling any other party organs for a meeting before summoning a delegates conference and a national council meeting, the two highest organs of the party.
The letter is signed by Inspector of Police J.M Okot.
The interim order was issued by court last year pending the determination of a main suit in the high court challenging the operation of the party without summoning the top two organs.
The police letter was delivered to the meeting by party leaders Jimmy Akena , David Pulkol and Major Edward Rurangaranga.
Upon delivery of the letter, the host from IPOD only identified as Henry Kisakye called the meeting off saying they will re-convene the meeting when the court case has been settled.
The long battle for the control of the party dates to the fall out of Otunnu with Rurangaranga and Pulkol over the management of the party and its finances.
Rurangaranga accused the party chairman Otunnu of running the party without its functionary organs like the National council and the delegates conference.
Part of the quarrel stemmed from a restructuring of the party to accommodate staff who are not members of the party.
Otunnu suggested that the party needed people that can deliver on their tasks whether or not they were members of the party.
Otunnu could not easily be reached for comment on the matter.