In a significant political announcement, Jimmy Akena, the President of the Uganda People Congress Party (UPC), has unveiled his intentions to contest the presidency in the upcoming 2026 general elections. Akena, the son of the late two-time Ugandan President Apollo Milton Obote, made this revelation during a rally held in Apac district, where he sought to popularize his presidential bid.
Supporters of the Uganda People’s Congress passionately rallied behind Jimmy Akena, carrying portraits and singing the UPC anthem as they welcomed him to Apac District. Their procession led Akena to a poignant destination—the gravesite of his father in Akokoro Sub-County, Apac District.
Following this touching tribute, Akena, accompanied by his supporters, proceeded to Apac Boma ground to participate in a party gathering organized by local leaders in Apac. It was on this platform that he officially declared his candidacy for the presidency in the forthcoming elections.
Addressing his supporters at Apac Boma ground, Akena voiced his concerns about the state of service delivery in Uganda, particularly in areas such as healthcare and education. He expressed disappointment in the government’s failure to provide essential medical supplies to healthcare facilities, highlighting a need for substantial improvements.
Akena’s presidential bid for 2026 garnered support from Members of Parliament and District Chairpersons affiliated with the UPC party who were in attendance.