Muteesa University Guild Winner Declared Under Tight Security

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Wilson Okecho on the other hand claims that Kirya is a true representation of the wishes and aspirations of Muteesa One Royal University administration instead students.

Trust Kirya, under the National Resistance Movement flagship has been declared winner of controversial Muteesa One Royal University Guild elections under tight security.

This happened last evening after the arrest of his rivals in the polls which had 50% of voters boycott. The University went for polls yesterday with four candidates contesting.

The candidates included; Trust Kirya of NRM, FDC candidate Wilson Okecho, Milly Amanyire, an Independent candidate as well as Jackson Nkali Kasujja of Democratic party.

However, despite the fact that three candidates boycotted the polls after allegations of rigging, the electoral commission went ahead and declared the final results. Police was forced to halt the polling exercise after eruption of violence.

It all started after three rival candidates stormed the polling station and stopped the exercise citing fraud. Police was forced to arrest Milly Amanyire, the Independent candidate with several of her supporters after she grabbed a ballot box with her supporters and destroyed the votes already cast. This forced the three candidates to declare a poll boycott.

But at around 6pm, heavily armed anti riot police surrounded the polling station as the university electoral commission declared the results.

In the final disputed poll declared by Hilim Ssentongo, Trust Kirya,the NRM candidate was declared winner with 107 votes, while his closest rival Wilson Okecho of FDC polled 70 votes.

Democratic Party candidate Jackson Nkali Kasujja got 38 votes, while independent candidate Milly Amanyire polled only 12 votes.

He also notes that only 227 students cast their votes of the 460 eligible voters.

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But the rival candidates have rejected the poll results and denounced it as a sham.

Amanyire, who managed to get only 12 votes and Wilson Okecho of FDC who polled 70 votes say Kirya will not takeover offices at Muteesa 1 Royal University. They say Kirya's declaration was illegal since many of the eligible voters were stopped from voting.

Amanyire claims that Kirya cannot represent them as students since he is more loyal to the University administration than the students body.

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Okecho on the other hand claims that Kirya is a true representation of the wishes and aspirations of Muteesa One Royal University administration instead students. He notes that right from the start, Florence Nampijja, the Dean of Students at this University was actively involved in mobilizing for NRM candidate on grounds that opposition Guild presidents have previously caused problems to the University administration.

But the Dean of Students, Florence Nampijja declined to comment about the allegation.

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The declared winner Trust Kirya denied allegations of bribery and rigging. Kirya, a Business Computing Second Year student says those that were turned away did not qualify to vote.

Kirya has however promised to ensure the cries of the students for example acquisition of university Charter as well as rehabilitation of the lecture rooms are implemented.

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John Mwawule,the Masaka district police commander says police had to come in and ensure there was security.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.