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Members of opposition endorse Museveni for life Presidency

07 November 2014, 20:55 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC), the Ugandan political party which ruled Uganda for eight years after independence is falling apart after a big section of its members abandoned it to support Museveni for life Presidency.

This is the first time such a big section of Ugandans endorsed Museveni for life Presidency. It is also ironical that this involves members of the opposition.

Hundreds of Uganda People’s Congress members in Kole District have reportedly abandoned their party leader, Dr Olara Otunnu and endorsed Museveni for 2016 general elections in addition to declaring him their president for life.

They endorsed Museveni for life Presidency during a consultative meeting organised by the Ambassador to Washington DC,  Dickson Ogwang Okul at Baramindyang in Ayer sub-County.

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Kole district is located in Lango sub-region, the home area of the first Executive President of Uganda, Milton Obote. It has always been a strong base for UPC with over 90 percent of the residents subscribing to the party. They claim that Otunnu, who now leads UPC, lacks the required capacity and vision to carry the mantle for the people of Uganda.

Area chief, Boniface Odyek said, ''We have endorsed Museveni because we have realised that he has capacity to lead this country unlike Otunnu who believes in partisan politics. We are not going to base our support on partisan politics; we want leaders who can ably lead the people of Uganda. We don’t see any one apart from Museveni. He should rule until he dies.''

Party members also accuse Otunnu for failing to participate in voting in the last presidential elections that took place in 2011.

''How can you continue supporting someone who cannot even cast a vote for himself? What kind of leader is that? We rather vote for Museveni,'' another former UPC diehard, Dan Omollo said.

Dan Omollo said that over 500 000 people of voting age in Lango sub- region who were UPC supporters have recently crossed to Museveni's NRM party.

NRM coordinator Peter Ochan said, ''When people start crossing to our party like that in big numbers, then winning in 2016 elections is assured.''

Adaraman Olot, a member of Kole UPC district executive, said that Museveni has already planned ahead for the country, and bringing in a new leader would sabotage the dreams he has for the country.

''As people who want development in our area, we have decided that we will support no one else but Museveni,'' Olot said.

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