Guild Polls: Makerere Tense As Politicians Ratchet Up Rhetoric

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The campaigning exercise has not been without controversies and drama, as four hopefuls were chopped by the institution’s Electoral Commission for bearing weightless credentials.

Mao, Karuhanga and Mukasa Mbidde at the debating session at Makerere

While last year, FDC’s Anne Adeke sailed through with ease, polling over 60 percent of the vote, this time a tight contest is projected between Democratic Party’s Sarah Asero, FDC’s Lilian Aber and Independent Ivan Bwowe.

Asero is being accused by some student party members of being a ruling NRM mole.

She is daughter to State Minister for Local Government Hon Alex Onzima, and was thought to have employed her financial muscle to manipulate party primaries to shake off Ivan Bwowe, who decided to come in on an independent ticket.


She, however, told us that was cheap politicking from enemies and noted that her father had no say in her political ambitions and preference.

Speaking on Wednesday at a grand candidates’ debate organized by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung at the university Main Hall, Western Youth MP Hon Gerald Karuhanga hailed Makerere for setting the pace in civilizing Uganda.

“For three decades now we are stuck with the same government and there seems to be no will for change,” he said.

“But Makerere has led as an example by illustrating to us that it can welcome a new students’ leadership on an annual basis. That is only possible because Makerere unlike Uganda is a civilized population.”

Some of the Guild president aspirants at Makerere

Democratic Party President Hon Norbert Mao at the event described Makerere as Uganda’s barometer from which all pressures in the country are detected.

“You realize now that you have very heated debates and guild polls. That is only but a sign of some big tectonic forces in the country that may very soon lead to violent eruptions and perhaps a continental drift.”

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