Being a student who mastered the art of political science to the bone marrow, Museveni is the kind who knows when to cast his hook and when not to, writes Daniel Opio in reflection on the unfolding cat and dog fight between the fading Uganda People’s Congress party of Jimmy Akena and the National Unity Platform of presidential hopeful, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.
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It seems like the woes between the two rivaling factions are coordinated on a script somewhere in State House Entebbe given that Akena himself earlier surrendered his party in return for Museveni’s envelope and privileges. The fruitful returns for that move saw his own wife, Betty Amongi crowned a Minister for Kampala, a position they have since settled for.
Being a party that has faced nationwide resentment due to the atrocities allegedly committed by the late president, Milton Obote the UPC realised it would never reclaim the leadership of this country and has since chose to bed with the ruling NRM party. Trusted sources reveal that the impending scramble to monopolise colour red is orchestrated by Jimmy Akena himself following a deal he hatched with tyrant, Museveni. Sources with knowledge of the deal say, Akena was to drag Bobi Wine and the NUP leadership to court and eventually influence Byabakama’s decision to disband the NUP. “This is Akena’s individual battle. Our party is neither aggrieved nor the problem because Red has always been our color and therefore we cannot drag NUP to court,” remarked Sharon Arach Ayat, the UPC party spokesperson. “The UPC cannot therefore be dragged into this issue. It is between Byabakama’s EC and NUP or Akena and NUP, but not UPC and NUP, ” she aggressively emphasized.
“The UPC constitution operates with three colors namely; Red, Blue and Black which even reflect in the party flag. The National Unity Platform constitutes about three colors which are; Red, white and blue. It is therefore impossible that Akena, who purports to be an opposition member would genuinely fight for something as minor as a mere color yet the bigger guns deserve to be aimed at Museveni,” says a frustrated UPC member of the Otunnu faction. “It’s disgraceful that a full son of the party founder, would be the very one detracting a game changer like Bobi Wine. Akena should get better things to do,” Opeto adds.