Paddy Ssenkungu has been elected as the first Guild President of Muteesa I Royal University in Masaka.
Ssenkungu was voted into office yesterday beating the only other contender to the post, Majorie Nalinyya by about 70 votes. The chairperson of the university's electoral commission, Emmanuel Kyewalabye said Ssenkungu won 62 percent of the 292 votes cast.
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The run up to the Royal University elections was bumpy with the administration unsure about how prepared the students were to elect their own leaders. In protest to the suspension of the vote, the students staged a two day strike prompting the announcement of a new election day and a week of campaigns.
The student elections were clearly divided on party lines, with Ssenkungu supported by Democratic Party leaders in Masaka town. Majorie Nalinnya claimed to have no specific political allegiances, but during the campaigns was driven around in the official vehicle of the chairperson of the National Resistance Movement in Masaka.
Nalinnya conceded defeat shortly after the results were announced. She said she would continue to look for ways to serve the university outside of the guild office.
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