Police on Nkurumah Road has Wednesday morning blocked the leadership of Uganda Peoples’ Congress (UPC) from holding the party’s weekly press conference over observance of COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
Journalists who had gone to cover the party event at the party headquarters on 6th Floor at Uganda House building were denied entrance by Police without any clear reason but kept around waiting for the party leaders to advise otherwise.
On arrival of the party Secretary General, Fred Ebil and the party Spokesperson, Michael Osinde Orach, Police told them that they could not address the media without clearance after inspection of the SOPs.
“Let’s try to cooperate, we are not trying to stop the party activities but we are only telling you that you needed to inform us of the event so that we inspect the venue and ensure that the COVID-19 SOPs are respected and implemented,” Mugisha the OC Nkurumah Road Police post told UPC leaders.
The leaders later agreed with the Police and were allowed to briefly address the media from Uganda House compound.
During the address, the Secretary General, Ebil released the party revised roadmap to internal elections detailing the activities and dates when they would be held.
“Following the release of the revised road map for 2021 general elections by Electoral Commission (EC) the UPC Party Cabinet sat on Tuesday 23rd June and approved the party internal road map and guidelines,” Ebil noted.
Ebil said those interested in running for party Presidency shall pick and return nomination forms from June 29th to 3rd July. The campaigns for those who would have returned forms shall begin from July 4th to July 15th.
“District Conferences for nomination of Party President shall be held from July 16th to July 26th, the final declaration of results shall take place on July 28th. The party Delegates Conference which shall take a final stand on the party President shall take place on August 1st.
Ebil added that there shall be picking and returning of nomination forms for all aspirants at their respective levels from July 29th to August 22nd.
“The Nomination of Parliamentary candidates shall take place from 21st September to 25th September and there after primaries shall take place on September 26th,” Ebil noted.
The Party SG noted that the party shall hold scientific campaigns as guided by the Electoral Commission but will have holding the polling in a conventional manner.
“Those interested in the position of Party President, Member of Parliament, LC5 Chairperson, LC5 Councilor and City Mayor are advised to pick forms from the party Headquarters. Those for Municipal Mayor, Division Mayor, LC3 Chairperson, Municipality Councillor and LC3 Councilor are advised to pick forms from their respective District Chairpersons at District offices,” Ebil noted.