Makerere Students Riot Over Cancelled Guild Poll Results

Police on Tuesday was compelled to use teargas to disperse rioting students at Makerere University who were protesting the cancellation of the recently concluded guild elections.

The students went to polls on Friday March 11th and voted Bazil Biddemu Mwotta as the institution’s 82nd guild president.

Two days later, ask one of the candidates Roy Ssembogga who according to the results released by the Electoral Commission emerged second, lodged a petition challenging the results.

The Dean of Students who is also Secretary to the Tribunal that hears these petitions, Mr. C.M. Kabagambe wrote and informed the Guild about the petition.

The Guild as per constitution is meant to hear such a petition within seven days.

The Guild Election Petition Tribunal sat and determined that that there were some anomalies with regard to the electoral process in the School of Education, and ruled that the voting in that School should be repeated.

The Guild Electoral Commission Chimpreports understands, is preparing to implement this decision this week.

However, some students had a dissenting view on the directive and yesterday went in arms insistent that Mr Mwotta was the duly elected candidate.

Yesterday, the University administration appealed to students to avoid joining in these demos and to let the concerned offices handle the matter.

“Please concentrate on your studies,” urged the university spokesperson Ritah Namisango. “For students in the School of Education, please prepare to cast your vote in favor of your preferred candidate.”

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