Makerere University has disowned letters suggesting management rallying behind certain candidates in the guild presidential race whose elections are on today at the University’s main campus.
In a statement signed by signed by Dr. Muhammed Kiggundu, manager Communications and international relations, Makerere University Management maintains that the management DOES NOT interfere in student guild elections and the electoral process is managed by the students themselves. It adds that any claims of Management inclination towards specific candidate(s) in the guild race is based on forgery of official letterheads and manipulation of signatures of University officials.
The full statement reads thus;
It has come to the attention of Management that some fraudulent individuals are spreading fake communications suggesting that the University Management is inclined towards certain candidates in the ongoing guild race. We have further established that this deceitful tactic is commonly referred to as Chemical which is intended to malice and undermine fair competition in student guild elections.
Makerere University Management DOES NOT interfere in student guild elections and the electoral process is managed by the students themselves. Any claims of Management inclination towards specific candidate( s) in the guild race is based on forgery of official letterheads and manipulation of signatures of University officials. This corrupt practise shall be investigated and handled in due accordance with the law.
The students’ community and all stakeholders are requested to disregard any of the fraudulent messages circulating on social media and other platforms.
Management wishes the students community a free, fair and peaceful election.
Dr. Muhammad Kiggundu Musoke (PhD)
MANAGER COMMUNICATION AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
The race has attracted 11 candidates from different political parties including the National Resistance movement (NRM), Democratic Party (DP), Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), independent candidates as well as those identifying with the People Power movement.
They include FDC’S Milly Namuddu, A second-year Bachelor of Education (Arts) student, George Mutumba, a second-year student of Development Studies, Osbert Alinda, a second year Bachelor of Social Sciences student, Andrew Julian Taliwaku, Joshua William Mukisa both third-year Bachelors of Law students, Donald Munanu , Julius Kateregga and Umaru Wageya, a second-year student of Bachelor of Economics, among others.
Of these, three leading contenders are struggling to identify with “People Power”, a pressure group linked to the Kyadondo East legislator, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.
They are Julius Kateregga, a second year student of Bachelor of Arts with Education, Joshua Mukisa, a 3rd year law student and David Musiri, a second year student of Bachelor of Commerce.
The university electoral commission spokesperson, Martin Kato says the voting that started at 8am ends at 5pm thereafter tallying of the votes will commence at the guild offices before the winner is announced.