A son to Uganda’s former two-time president has denied allegations that President Yoweri Museveni has “bought” him and the entire Uganda Peoples’ Congress (UPC).
Jimmy Akena, the UPC president, party president, on Wednesday responded to claims by suspended party members to have him impeached for allegedly selling UPC to Museveni for a sum those baying for his political blood put at Shs 6.6bn.
Akena told the press at the party headquarters in Kampala that Museveni was so wise and would not use an individual to buy UPC – even if he were to buy the party.
“UPC is a member based organization which lives in the minds and hearts of individual members across the country… I as an individual am not in the minds and hearts of these members, so anybody who imagines to deal with an individual to buy an organization, that is a complete fool. I don’t take president Museveni as a fool I am sure he knows that better.”
“This nonsense of monies exchanging for something that is not sellable or buyable is wishful thinking or imaginable by some individuals; it would only be a fool to buy air.”
Akena denied ever receiving money from Museveni, describing the allegations as “garbage”.
“This is not about money but how to deal with the future; I am trying to secure a future for myself and the generation to come after me.
“I am not going to hold onto garbage that happened when I was a kid I have to rise above that one and guarantee a future for Uganda which is reason enough to talk with anybody.”