University Council Upholds MUK Fees Payment Policy, Effective Next Semester

President Museveni’s lawyers have punched holes in Hon Amama Mbabazi’s submission to the Electoral Commission seeking the cancellation of the NRM party leader’s nomination, approved physician saying the exercise is yet to pass.

Hussein Rugaba Kashillingi, one of the President’s lawyers, said in a brief statement on Thursday that “this hullabaloo by Amama Mbabazi acting through his lawyers is without legal basis because nominations by the Electoral Commission haven’t taken place.”

Mbabazi’s representatives led by Fred Muwema and Severino Twinobusingye said in a letter to EC on Wednesday that, “NRM has not yet elected its presidential flag-bearer for the 2016 presidential elections,” adding, “It is therefore goes without saying that NRM could not have legally collected nomination papers, let alone soliciting for signatures to support a non-existing flag bearer.”

The lawyers further demanded an undertaking that the “Commission shall not extend the electoral timetable again so as to scrutinise irregularities committed by the NRM party.”

Museveni was recently declared NRM’s unopposed flag-bearer in the 2016 elections by the party’s EC chairperson Dr Tanga Odoi.

This followed an endorsement by NRM Central Executive Committee and NEC.

Kashillingi speaks out

In response to Mbabazi’s lawyers, Kashillingi said there are no Presidential candidates as of now and that “We only have Presidential aspirants.”


He said there will be candidates after being nominated by the Electoral Commission, emphasising NRM will present a candidate to the electoral body on November 3.

“What we did present and indeed other presidential aspirants were only signatures. There are no candidates at this point. Only aspirants. You become a candidate after nominations by EC,” he added.

Earlier, lawyer Kiwanuka Kiryowa asserted that challenging a nomination exercise which is yet to take place was superfluous.

However, Mbabazi’s legal representatives argued that for Museveni’s candidature to hold ground, it needs the endorsement of the NRM Delegates Conference.

On his part, Kashillingi admitted that the NRM Constitution provides that the Presidential flag-bearer is elected by National Conference from candidates approved by NEC and CEC.

He, however, cited Regulation 19 which states that “when only one Candidate is nominated, he/she is deemed duly elected as flag-bearer.”

Kashillingi said the “regulations are made under powers given in the Constitution, that’s to say, powers for NRM EC to make electoral regulations with CEC approval, which was duly done.”

Regarding EC’s decision to provide the certificate of compliance to President Museveni and other aspirants, Kashillingi said the electoral body was confirming that the presidential hopefuls fulfilled the requirement of filing 100 signatures from the two thirds of districts across the country.

“It’s for convenience of the EC so they are not overwhelmed on nomination day. In the premises, this hullabaloo by Mbabazi acting through his lawyers is without legal basis because Nominations by IEC haven’t taken place,” said Kashillingi.
Makerere University Council endorsed the extension of the deadline for payment of fees and registration for Semester 1, price 2015/2016 Academic Year.

According to Ritah Namisango, viagra sale the Institution’s Public Relations Officer, the payment will be effected until the 12th week of the Semester.

The University Council however maintained that it has not suspended the Makerere University Fees Payment Policy.

“It is important to note that the extension (granted this Semester) does not in any way change the Makerere University Fees Payment Policy,” Namisango said.

The policy requires all students to pay 100% tuition and functional fees by the end of the 6th week of the Semester.

Namisango has said this will still be the case in the subsequent Semesters.

The University Council that sat on Tuesday evening said that students should clear their fees since they had already been given an extension of one month.

However, this only served to infuriate students who resumed their strike on Wednesday demanding that the policy be scrapped off completely.

The Council was on Wednesday forced to call another crisis meeting after the situation intensified.

Situation at the University

Lectures have resumed on Thursday and the academic staff has been asked to continue teaching.

The Police are however still deployed on Campus to maintain law and order.

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