June 18, 2024

Jimmy Akena speaks out on supreme court ruling that removed him from office

UPC party president- Jimmy James Michael Akena Obote

By Denis Okello (denis.okello@vol.co.ug)

Kampala

Party president of the Uganda People’s Congress-UPC party, Jimmy James Michael Akena Obote has spoken out on Friday court ruling that stated that he was not lawfully elected in 2015.

In 2015, the late Jospeh Bbossa who was by then the deputy president of the UPC, Prof Edward Kakonge and Issa Otto Amiza dragged UPC and the party’s electoral commission to court challenging the election of Akena as the party president and the high court judge Yasin Nyanzi ruled that Akena Obote was not lawfully elected.

But UPC and the party electoral commission appealed the matter in the Supreme Court.

In March 2022, the Supreme Court told UPC party and its electoral commission to file a formal application in court which they didn’t do.

Last Friday,supreme court justices who included; Chief justice Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo, Justice Mike Chibita, Lady Justice Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza, Lady Justice Faith Essy Mwondha and Lady Justice Percy Night Tuhaise dismissed the case with costs.

Addressing a press conference at Uganda House, Kampala, Akena Jimmy said the late Bbossa asked the supreme court to quash a court of appeal ruling that had upheld his electionas UPC party president as well as a Delegates Conference held in October 2020 and freezing the party accounts until the matter has been disposed off by court but not to have him removed from office as party president.

Akena said on their side, they had requested the court to allow them access their party accounts ahead of the recent 2021 elections.

But he said the court of appeal in its ruling by justice Mike Chibita at that time later stated that the case on accessing the party bank accounts at Housing finance bank was no longer necessary since the 2021 elections had been held.

He said the Friday Supreme Court ruling was based on preliminary objections of Prof. Kakonge, adding that the time frame to file the matter formally in Supreme Court had elapsed, meaning that the ruling does not throw him out of office.

Akena asked UPC supporters to prepare for 2026 elections and a delegates’ conference that will be held soon to prepare for the elections.