MAKERERE – People Power’ Julius Kateregga elected Makerere University 85th guild president after beating his rivals in a highly contested election.
Mr. Kateregga, a second year student of Bachelor of Arts with Education, who stood under the People Power banner
polled 3,912 votes followed and closely followed by another People Power candidate and closest rival, Joshua Mukisa, a 3rd year Law student who gathered 3,365 votes.
The ruling National Resistance Movement [NRM] candidate Julian Taliwaku came in third place with 1,465 votes while Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) official candidate Milly Namuddu, a second-year Bachelor of Education (Arts) student, came in fourth place with 1, 298 votes only.
George Mutumba better known as O-M-G, a second-year student of Development Studies got 866 votes, David Musiri, a second year student of Bachelor of Commerce got 637 votes, Winter Nsimire Muhangi, a third-year Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering got 81 votes, NRM’s Arinda Osbert got 55 votes and Umaru Wageya, a second-year student of Bachelor of Economics managed 44 votes.
Makerere Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe was the first to congratulate Kateregga upon being elected the 85th guild president.
“I look forward to working with you to make Makerere greater,” Nawangwe said.
Generally, the elections were peaceful with a few skirmishes at schools where students’ names were missing on the voters register.
This was at the schools of Social Sciences, Veterinary Medicine and Liberal and Performing Arts.
At the School of Social Sciences, the registrar was called in to verify the names of some of the students who were later allowed to vote.
At most of the polling stations, the turn up was good except at the School of Library and Information Sciences where by 4pm, only a few had turned out vote.
The guild president serves for a one year non-renewable term.
Election of guild representatives to council (GRCs) will follow the guild presidential elections.