Kampla-As Uganda Peoples’ Congress prepares to elect its leaders, focus is put on individuals who have shown interests in the presidency, current party president Amb. Olara Otunnu will not be vying for a second term and as such new faces have sprung up for the office party presidency. Eagle Online brings you who is who in this race.
Joseph Bbosa- He is the current party Vice President to Olara Otunnu and hails from Buganda region. He has been active in the party affairs. As Otunnu hid himself from the limelight, it is always Bbosa who is seen at press conferences.
He is a lawyer by profession and he was Otunnu’s guild government as minister for justice and constitutional affairs. After university, Bbosa started his career as legal officer at Bank of Uganda until he rose to the position Director of legal affairs. He retired mid 2000s and ventured into business. He surfaced in UPC politics after the return of Otunnu and was named Vice President. He contested in the Makindye East constituency race in the last elections under UPC but lost.
Julius Ochen –The firebrand from Teso sub-region has held several positions in the party having started as a youth winger in the party’s national youth league. He holders a university degree in International Relations and Diplomacy and is currently undertaking a masters degree in the same field. He was formerly Amurai district chairman Local Council Five. He is a disciplinarian and with his radical views, he is seen a favorite for the radical UPC members.
Jimmy Akena-He is a son to the late Apollo Milton Obote, former President of Uganda. Akena is currently a Member of Parliament for Lira Municipality in Lango sub-region which he has represented since he returned to Uganda in 2006. Akena, among Obote’s sons was his favorite and by so he inherited him politically. He is taking a second shot at the party presidency having failed to defeat Otunnu in 2009.
Prof. Edward Kakonge- He is the current national chairman of the party and a Biochemist by training and a former bio-chemistry lecturer at Makerere University. ProfKakonge is also current chairman of the Uganda Debt. He is the young brother to the late John Kakonge, the founding Secretary General of UPC and hails from Hoima district in Bunyoro sub-region. He has served the UPC in many capacities; he was the first Minister of Local Government in President Yoweri Museveni’s first government in 1986.
David Pulkol-He is among the people who championed Otunnu’s return and at the start of Otunnu’s administration, Pulkol was the man behind scenes in most of the congress activities. However, he fail-out with Otunnu’s administration and became a ‘rebel’ of sorts within the party. Otunnu consequently fired him and others but Pulkol united with former national party chairman, Maj.Edward Rurangaranga and sued Otunnu. Before crossing over to UPC, Pulkol had been a member of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) but also fail-out with the party’s establishment. He is also former junior minister in the Museveni regime as well as former Director General of Uganda’s External Security Organisation (ESO). He hails from Mororto district in Karamoja sub-region.
Benson Obua Ogwal- Is a Member of Parliament for Moroto County in Lango sub-region and was the chairman of the organizing committee that returned Olara Otunnu back into Uganda. He is a reserved born again politician who unlike colleagues mingles freely with anybody.
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