We Will Use Government Money To Fund Party Activities-UPC

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Okello Lucima , UPC party spokesperson says they will accept and use the money because it is provided for in the constitution

Leaders of Uganda People's Congress (UPC) party have said they will accept and use the money from the Electoral Commission for running day to day activities of the party.

While other opposition political parties such as Democratic Party and Forum for Democratic Change are still waiting for their national council to sit and decide whether to use the money availed by the Electoral Commission, Okello Lucima, the UPC Party Spokesperson says they have decided that the money will be accepted and used as required by the law.

Section 14A of the Political Parties and Organisations Act provides for mandatory government funding for registered political parties. However section B of the same section provides that the funding is based on the number of Member of Parliament for each political party.

Early this week, the Electoral Commission announced that it has received 10 billion Shillings from the treasury to fund activities of the six registered political parties represented in parliament. The parties are National Resistance Movement (NRM), Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Uganda People's Congress (UPC), Democratic Party (DP), JEEMA and the Conservative Party (CP).

Lucima says the money has not yet reached the party's account as announced by the Electoral Commission.

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UPC becomes the second party to accept and use the money. The first was the ruling National Resistance Movement, who will get the lion share as it has more Members of Parliament than all other political parties.


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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.