Makerere Faces Guild By-Election

Barely a week after Makerere University Students went to polls and elected David Bala as their new guild president, the election is being challenged by a group of students.

Once their Thursday 20th March petition to the University Council is accorded consideration, then the institution could be headed for reelection of another guild boss.

Earlier this week, David Bala won the guild race with 5564 votes, beating his closest contender Stella Namulindwa of the FDC who managed only 2696.

This was in spite of the fact the he campaigned for only four days, before which his candidature was nullified by the university senate, because he had retakes.

Bala rushed to the Kampala High Court and secured an order reinstating him back to the race, which he later won.

A group of students led by the outgoing guild president Mr Ivan Bwowe, have petitioned Makerere University Council calling for cancellation of his election.

The students claim that by the time Bala was nominated, he was not a student of Makerere University, since he had not yet registered for this Semester II of the academic year.

“His nomination violates the concept of guild elections being only for students who are students by the virtue of registration,” read the petition in part.

They also brought out the fact that David Bala, [REG NO 12/U/49321] was at one point in February 2013 suspended by the University for Indiscipline, only to force his way back on October 22, 2013 through a court injunction.

His candidature according to the petitioners, also disrupted the guild election since voting dates were moved, after he was reinstated back in the race by the high court.

David Bala is said to be a member of the ‘Jobless Brotherhood’ – a youth pressure group behind the recent unleashing of yellow painted pigs on the streets of Kampala in protest against unemployment and bad government policies.

His supporters and the brotherhood members have vowed to defeat Ivan Bwowe’s petition like they did in the previous election.

“We as the brotherhood and Bala’s voters have the capacity to ensure that we defend our victory no matter the cost,” said the group chairperson Norman Tumuhimbise.

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