The management of Uganda’s most prestigious University, Makerere, has dismissed media reports alleging that the university management is backing particular candidates in the ongoing students’ guild elections.
In a statement, the manager Communications and International Relations, Dr Muhammad Kiggundu says these claims are being circulated by people with ill-intentions against the students’ leadership.
“It has come to the attention of Management that some fraudulent individuals are spreading false communications suggesting that the University management is inclined towards certain candidates in the ongoing guild race,” Kiggundu says.
It follows a letter which was circulated on social media purported to have been signed by the Vice Chancellor directing the university bursar to release Shs 5 m to Katerega Julius, one of the contestants for Guild President.
The same letter states that the management had “resolved a number of issues” and that Katerega had committed “to serving the interests of the Administration once he becomes Guild President”.
But Dr Kiggundu says this is a tactic intended to malice and undermine the fair competition in the student guild elections.
Kiggundu reiterates that the guild electoral process is manned by students themselves and that the university’s management does not interfere in any way.
He says documents circulating on social media purportedly from the University indicating their support to certain candidates “are based on forgery of official letterheads and manipulation of signatures of University officials.”
Eleven candidates who are in the race for the guild presidency from different political parties include the National Resistance Movement (NRM), Democratic Party (DP), Forum for Democratic Change (FDC). The other candidates are affiliated to the ‘People Power’ movement while others are independent candidates.
Casting ballots is underway and expected to end at 5pm when counting of votes will commence.