By Najibu Mulema
The Court of Appeal on Friday afternoon issued an interim order staying James Akena’s Uganda People’s Congress ( UPC) presidency until the main application is handled.
The ruling now halts the implementation of the High Court orders revoking the election of James Akena as president of UPC party.
Deputy Chief Justice, Steven Kavuma ruled that any attempts to remove Akena from the leadership of the party should be stopped, until his main appeal against the High Court ruling is disposed off.
Akena asked the court to restrain his rivals including Joseph Bbosa, Prof. E Kakonge and Otto Imizza from interfering his leadership and running of the party’s bank accounts.
The High Court’s Justice Yasin Nyanzi had on December
23, 2015 ruled that the election of Akena as UPC president
was illegal and quashed it by issuance of an order of
certiorari. This fell in favor of the faction led by Joseph Bossa a former Vice President to Dr. Olara Otunnu.
Nyanzi went on to declare that the election of Akena as
president of UPC by the Delegates conference was illegal, void and of no legal consequences for violating the UPC Constitution.