Uganda People’s Congress [UPC] Party President Jimmy Akena is standing for the presidency in the next general elections.
“When we are dealing with the issue of the president, it should not be about how many battles you have won but the ideas we can share,” Akena told a gathering of his supporters in Lira town on Saturday.
He added: “It is about how many lives you have saved not how many lives you have taken.”
Akena revealed his plans during a UPC party mobilisation campaign in Lira district.
He was responding to the proposed referendum where citizens will decide whether a President should rule for 7 years yet according to this proposal, Akena may have to wait until 2023 to see the next election.
The ruling party is launching “Align and Arrive” campaign in Kiboga district Sunday for the same purpose.
AKena was escorted by a convoy of boda boda riders and UPC party supporters to the Mayor’s Gardens in Lira town where he announced his presidential bid.
“I’m going for the big one,” Akena told his supporters. “They are people who say members of parliament let them down by voting for age limit.”
He asked them to vote him in 2021 elections to satisfy their grudges.
He also received converts from NRM and other parties. He reminded them about the contribution of his father towards the development of Uganda.
His father Apollo Milton Obote was a Ugandan political leader who led Uganda to independence in 1962 from British colonial administration.
He was President of Uganda from 1966–1971 when he was overthrown by Idi Amin Ddada and president again from 1980–1985 until he was overthrown for the second time by the Okello brothers.
Last year, Akena was withdrawn from the Board that governs the Milton Obote Foundation (MOF), the organ that holds the party’s businesses including Uganda House.
In 2015, the Lira Municipality MP vowed to work towards taking power and occupy State House as the country’s president in 2021.