After Makerere and Busitema, it was the turn of Gulu University and Makerere University Business School. After a furious two-week race, Richard Luganya Bongowat won the guild elections at Gulu University to become the next guild president. The second-year law student beat five other candidates to become the 14th guild president, since the university’s inception in 2002. He replaces Andrew Ogwetta Otto, another law student.
The five other candidates include Justine Ananga, a second-year Bachelor of Public Administration student, George Abudul, second-year bachelors of Business Administration student and Justine Aweto, a third-year Law student. The others are Simon Lukyamuzi, a second-year computer science student and Geoffrey Wanyama, a second-year bachelor of Quantitative Economics student.
Announcing the election results, the returning officer Gulu University electoral commission, Denis Isaac Muloni, said the elections were free and fair although there were isolated cases of vote rigging.
“We found out some of the students who wanted to rig the votes however, due to our good coordination, they were arrested and detained by the police at the Gulu University police post and one of them included the guild minister for ethics and integrity,” Muloni said.
Bongowat pledged to work to review academic policies against retakes, sanitation and hygiene, as his immediate priority. Elsewhere, Makerere University Business School’s Jinja campus saw Godfrey Musobya elected student leader – Prime Minister. Being a semi-autonomous branch, the student leader here is a prime minister rather than a guild president.
Mubs new leader Godfrey Musobya
The DP-leaning Musobya reaped big from the party’s recent reorganization of its district structures. He received the support of the district Uganda Young Democrats chairperson Ismail Kiirya and the Abasoga Nseete Students Association, where he got 410 votes to trounce his main opponent Latiffuh Sssebugenyi, who got 270 votes. Ssebugenyi had the backing of sections of the ruling National Resistance Movement party.
According to the chairman electoral commission, Hussein Abbu, only 685 students turned up to vote due to the heavy downpour in the area. Some five votes were declared invalid. He added that the whole exercise had been peaceful and calm and urged the opposing camps to reconcile and work together for the good of the institution.
Musobya is a second-year bachelor of Business Administration student while Ssebugenyi is in his second year pursuing a bachelor of Procurement.
Meanwhile, at the main campus in Nakawa, guild elections were rescheduled last week and are due to be held later this week, on April 10. Four candidates were nominated for the guild presidency and they include Evelyn Aijuka (NRM), Victor Birungi (independent), John Patrick Bujingo (DP) and Mariam Nakigudde (FDC).
Source : The Observer