As aspirants from various political parties and independents countrywide prepare for nominations today for slots for member of parliament in the 2021 elections, the scenario is different at Uganda House based Uganda People’s Congress.
The party spokesperson Sharon Oyat in a telephone interview with our reporter stated that the party will not front any candidates in the central business district for the various MP slots citing financial constraints following the September 30 ruling that barred the party president Jimmy Akena from accessing the party accounts, but instead will focus in upcountry constituencies like in Lango, Acholi and Teso sub regions where the party still has strong footing. “We don’t have any candidates for Kampala and but we will field candidates upcountry,” she said.
When asked whether failure to field candidates in Kampala won’t weaken the party’s foothold in the capital city, Oyat said that for now their focus as a party is to do grass root mobilization all over the country in the various elective positions.
In August, the estranged party president Jimmy Akena revealed that the party will not be fielding any candidate in the 2021 elections, and said that party members are free to vote candidates of their choice.
However, Dennis Enap, who contested for UPC presidency, disagreed with Akena. He said by not fielding a presidential candidate, the party risks losing many of its members.
“Whom will the party members vote? Members will be torn between Museveni, Bobi Wine… because of not having a candidate for presidency. The party risks losing its membership because of affiliations to other presidential candidates,” Enap said.
He also dismissed Akena’s claim of focusing on building the party from the grass roots.
“The party not fielding a presidential candidate has political effects on its strength of mobilization and our performance in areas outside Akena’s constituency will be poor,” he said.