As different political parties work towards ending all internal rifts, the opposition Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) is yet to resolve its internal battles.
The administration of Lira Municipality MP, James Michael Akena has threatened to expel Akena’s rival and former party Vice President, Joseph Bossa.
In letters seen by SoftPower News, Akena’s UPC administration that is occupying the party headquarters at Uganda House has summoned Joseph Bossa and three others to appear before the party disciplinary committee for leading a parallel group.
Bossa who assumed the UPC party Presidency from the Former UN Undersecretary, Ambassador Olara Otunnu on May 26, 2016 is among others being accused of holding out as party President.
“I am writing to inform you that you are invited to attend a disciplinary hearing at UPC secretariat on March 15, 2019 at 11am. The hearing is to consider and discuss disciplinary allegations of misconduct,” noted the UPC Acting Secretary General in the Akena administration, Fred Ebil.
Ebil noted that Bossa is accused of disobeying decisions of the party organs and holding out as the party President, instituting a civil suit against Orient Bank Limited in the party’s name without authorization by the party cabinet.
Bossa is also accused of running propaganda against the party-nominated candidates in the 2016 general elections contrary to Article 5.2(10) of the party constitution of 2008 as amended.
“If you are found guilty of the allegations, then we may impose a disciplinary sanction up to and including expelling you from the party,” Ebil said.
Once Bossa fails to appear before the committee, reads the letter, the administration will be left with no option but to proceed with the hearing and a make aa judgment in his absence.
Ebil has also sent out summons against three other parallel party leaders for misconduct and disobeying decisions of the party organs.
These include; Fr. Jacinto Ogwal who is accused of among others standing as an independent in 2016 general elections in Otuke County which cost UPC the seat as well as possing as the party Secretary General.
Peter Warubiri of Milton Obote Foundation has also been summoned to appear before the committee on the same date on accusations that he is holding out as the party Vice President and being responsible for freezing the party accounts in Orient Bank.
Isha Otto Amiza, the former Oyam South MP has also been summoned to respond to allegations of holding out as the party Secretary for Mobilization as well as disobeying decisions of the party organs.
Joseph Bossa assumed party leadership after resignation by Otunnu in May, 2016 whose leadership was dethroned on May 30, 2015 after the District Conference Elections of the party that saw Akena voted President with landslide victory.
A lot of irregularities were cited in the elections which prompted Otunnu to institute a commission of inquiry and this was seen by Akena as a plan to overturn his victory since he was only left to be approved by the Delegates conference.
This prompted Akena’s supporters to forcefully taking over the party headquarters on the 6th floor of Uganda House pushing Otunnu out of Office.
Akena has since taken over the party headquarters despite Boss filing a Civil Appeal No.20 of 2016 of UPC and Others Versus Joseph Bossa seeking Court intervention to determine the legitimate party president but the case has dragged on to date.