Akena Denies Supporting Museveni's Fifth Term Bid Top story

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Simon Opio Okaka, the Lira Municipality UPC party chairperson describes those linking Akena to Musevenis fifth term bid as hate mongers and saboteurs, adding that UPC isnt mobilising for any presidential candidate.

Jimmy Akena, the incumbent Lira Municipality Member of Parliament has broken silence on his relationship with the NRM party presidential candidate, Yoweri Museveni. The legislator is the son of Uganda People's Congress-UPC party founding President, Dr. Apollo Milton Obote.
 
Akena has repeatedly been accused by some UPC members of working with Museveni to the disadvantage of the party. The rumors gained credence when Museveni openly admitted working closely with Akena and UPC party members allied to him at a news conference at Baralegi state lodge in Otuke district during his campaigns last year.
 
Museveni also hailed Akena's UPC leadership saying he was more responsible compared to UPC president, Dr. Olara Otunnu.  A group of UPC party leaders such as Ruth Aceng, the Kole Woman Member of Parliament took to the podium at Museveni's rally and campaigned for him.
 
Earlier on, Louis Todwong, the NRM deputy Secretary General had also hinted on a cordial working relationship with Akena and his group, drawing outrage from UPC loyalists. Now, Akena has broken his silence on the matter and distanced himself from supporting Museveni's fifth term bid or any other presidential candidate.
 
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Simon Opio Okaka, the Lira Municipality UPC party chairperson describes those linking Akena to Museveni's fifth term bid as hate mongers and saboteurs, adding that UPC isn't mobilising for any presidential candidate. 

The UPC leadership under Dr. Olara Akena endorsed independent Presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi under The Democratic Alliance. However, Dan Okello, the former Lira District UPC party chairperson has dismissed Akena's denials saying he is an NRM mole.  

He asked voters to shun Akena in the next general elections, saying he has done nothing for the past ten years he has been in parliament. Akena is facing competition from three candidates. They include Joel Okao Otema, a former Rhino FM journalist, FDC's Denis Blair Okello and NRM's retired Major Polla Awich.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.