KAMPALA – James Michael Akena has on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, addressed the press regarding the Court of Appeal ruling issued on Monday, September 7, 2020, at the party headquarters, Uganda House, Kampala.
According to the judgement of Irene Mulyagonja, Justice of Appeal, the decision of Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) Electoral Commission was quashed and more so, the declaration of James Michael Akena as the President-Elect of UPC was declared illegal, null and void because it violated the UPC constitution.
This comes after an appeal from the ruling of the High Court in Miscellaneous Cause No. 86 of 2016 in which Professor Edward Kakonge (substituted for Joseph Bbosa, deceased) sought an order of certiorari to quash the decision of UPC Electoral Commission declaring Akena the President-Elect of UPC.
With this, an order prohibiting UPC and its agents from enforcing the impugned decision of the UPC Electoral Commission was sought by the Professor Edward Kakonge.
Regarding the ruling, Akena has come out to say that the Court of Appeal judgement has been overtaken by events and does not affect his new term as party president.
“The Court of Appeal judgement has been, therefore, overtaken by events. The new leadership has already completed the process of establishing itself within the law and as such we will continue with the mandate of the Uganda People’s Congress members who expressed in due process right from the District Conferences of July 16 – 26 and concluded by the Delegates Conference of August 1, 2020,” said Akena.
He also went on to say that the term in question in this court process is the term of 2015 to 2020 and therefore it has got absolutely nothing to do with the new term of 2020 to 2025.
“So, with that in mind, we are continuing with the process of rebuilding the party ” added Akena.
Addressing the matter regarding the Court of Appeal judgement, Akena went on to encourage party members to continue with the mobilization as we head towards the general elections of 2020/2021.