Judge Orders Reinstatement of Candidate in MUK Polls

President Museveni has said African people and their cultures are interlinked with the same background and called for the unity of Africa to guarantee its future.

“Africans are the same, more about they are linked. When I visited Ethiopia I saw this cultural group dancing and witnessed similarities with the dancers from Ankole region. We all have the same background, purchase ” he said.

The President was Tuesday speaking at a luncheon he hosted for a 30 -ember Ethiopian delegation including members of the Gamo Goffa cultural dance and music group.

The delegation was led by the Speaker of the Southern Regional Government of Ethiopia Hiwot Hailu.

The Dance group entertained guests at this year’s Women’s Day celebrations held in Kabale at the invitation of President Museveni.

The President commended the Ethiopians for their discipline, website like this and urged “Ugandans to learn from them and fight corruption.”

The Ethiopian delegation included the Minister of Finance Sapian Ahmed and the Ethiopian Ambassador to Uganda, Ato Terefe Menegesha.

The Ethiopian Speaker of the Southern Regional Government Hiwot Hailu was pleased to note that the two countries have the same culture and observed that the Ethiopian and Ugandan dancing styles were almost the same.


She thanked President Museveni for the invitation adding that it strengthens further the relationship between Uganda and Ethiopia.

The outgoing Minister of Gender and Culture Mary Karoro Okurut saluted President Museveni for inviting the cultural group from Ethiopia and noted that they were good cultural Ambassadors. She said that Ugandans and Ethiopians are Africans of the same background.

The luncheon was entertained by music and dancing performed by Gamo Goffa People Cultural Dance and Music Group from Southern Ethiopia and Ndere Troupe from Uganda.

The Uganda Side was represented among others by the Minister of the Presidency Frank Tumwebaze, Minister of Finance Matia Kasaija, that of Tourism Maria Mutagamba and the outgoing Gender Minister Mary Okurut.

High Court judge Yasin Nyanzi has quashed a decision by the Makerere University electoral commission disqualifying Balla Wamala from contesting in the campus guild elections without being given a fair hearing

Wamala had this year filled a petitioned against the Makerere University electoral commission challenging its decision to eliminate him from contesting in the forthcoming guild elections, tadalafil accusing him of having retakes and missing lectures and marks.

Wamala on Tuesday informed court that he was denied a fair hearing by the university council before kicking him out of the guild race.

“‘I first got information that I was disqualified from the notice board of the University Hall  on  25th February 2015. Later at around 2.30pm I got the letter from the Electoral commission Makerere University that I have been disqualified from the race, website like this ” he added.

Through his lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde, Wamala told court that as a requirement of standing for MUK guild presidency he submitted in his examination results to the Academic Registrar who forwarded them to the deputy Academic Registrar ICT who reported that Wamala had a retake and thereby cancelling him from the race without being a given time to explain on that issue.

It is on this ground that Justice Yasin Nyanzi blamed the university administrators for “ignoring the candidate’s right of fair hearing which is important for justice to prevail.”

In his ruling, Nyanzi also ordered the Academic registrar starting Wednesday, March 11, to accord Wamala a fair hearing to address all the queries concerning his missing marks.

Nyanzi also gave the academic registrar powers to postpone the Monday guild elections in case a decision has not been reached from the hearing.

The ongoing Makerere Guild race recently turned violent as students supporting rival candidates engaged in a bloody brawl.

The fierce fight broke out between the supporters of Mwine Musa who hails from Mitchell Hall, and those of George William Mukula of Lumumba Hall.

The fight which ensued at a campaign rally held at Lumumba hall saw a number of students sustain serious injuries amidst fist fights and hurling of deadly objects.

Campaigns for the new guild boss were rolled out a fortnight ago and Election Day.

The contestants include Michael Opoya, Balla Wamala, Andrew Baguma, Stellah Namulindwa, Henry Lubega, George Williams Mukula, Mwine Musa, Ivan Sentogo Ivan and Bamwoya F Tusiime.

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