‘People Power’ Candidate Wins MUST Guild Election by Narrow Margin

A supporter displays Umar Muhumuza's poster.

Umar Muhumuza, a candidate subscribing to ‘People Power’ political group has been declared winner the guild Presidential election at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) in what was a highly contested race.

During Wednesday’s Guild Presidential election, two candidates (Independent Coleb Katongole and Umar Muhumuza) had stiff competition from 4 of the 8 total polling stations.

Preliminary results had pointed to a likelihood of Katongole taking the day, however, during the final tally, Umar Muhumuza beat the former by just 9 votes.

The results were officially announced by Marius Tumwebaze, the returning officer and chairperson electoral commission at MUST.

Umar Ryan Muhumuza polled 878 votes while his strongest contender, Coleb Katongole garnered 869 votes.

Akiim Bukenya of the NRM polled 304 votes, FDC’s Paul Nduhuura Twinomugisha got 158 while Independent candidates; Eugene Bizimana and Ivan Serunjogi polled 146 and 51 votes respectively.

Speaking after his victory, Muhumuza who becomes the 30th Guild President of MUST expressed joy for having triumphed after a highly competitive race.

“This shows that I really campaigned and convinced students to vote me and I am ready to work for MUST,” Muhumuza said.

He thanked the students’ community for believing in him and entrusting him with power.

“I am here to work for every student at MUST and we must fight discrimination and work for equal opportunities,” said Muhumuza.

He reiterated that his pledge of prioritizing accountability around which he campaigned, is not going to change.

Muhumuza is in his 3rd year pursuing a Bachelor’s of Medicine and Surgery (BMCS).

Asasira Esborn a second year student who was rooting for Muhumuza told SoftPower News that the elections were free and fair.

“Generally, the elections were fair as we expected as students. We are really very happy with our People Power,” he said.

Asasira wants Muhumuza to invite ‘People Power’ champion also MP for Kyadondo East, Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) to take part in some of the university activities.

“We expect Muhumuza to bring us Bobi Wine on freshers’ ball, on bazaar and on many other university activities,” Asasira explained.

Cheerful supporters of Muhumuza later held a procession outside the university precincts chanting ‘People Power’ slogans as they celebrated their candidate’s victory.

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