The outgoing UNSA Speaker, Alfred Ongwen, says their constitution doesn’t allow doesn’t allow anyone outside the Association to preside over the elections of a new leadership. Godfrey Akampa, a student at Law Development Center and one of the petitioners, says he is tandem with all the resolutions with the exception of using Electoral Commission to preside over their polls.
will oversee the forthcoming elections of Uganda National Students Association-UNSA,
URN has learnt. The decision was reportedly reached in a meeting between President
Yoweri Museveni, the patron of UNSA and the association leadership held at
Entebbe State House on Monday.
The meeting followed an
order issued by Justice Musa Sekaana in January 2019 when he halted the UNSA
polls following a petition by Ronald Nahwera, a student from Kyambogo
University. Nahwera sought orders restraining the outgoing UNSA Speaker, Alfred
Ongwen from presiding over the said elections, arguing that his term of office
expired on December, 31st, 2018.
Sekaana directed the UNSA leadership led by Jotham
Yamurebire Burobuto to meet with the Board of Trustees (Ministry of
Education and Sports) and its Patron President Museveni to see how they
can harmonize complaints from subscribers. He argued that the students had been
in court severally to challenge a number of issues related to accountability of
more than Shillings 150 million, its leadership and Constitution, which gives
the executive lots of power.
He asked the UNSA leadership to resolve the matters with the
Board of Trustees and Patron report back to court with a detailed report. Now,
URN has learnt the State House meeting came up with four resolutions. One of
them is that the Electoral Commission presides over the elections and that the
current UNSA constitution be amended to fill the loopholes.
The meeting also agreed in principle that UNSA becomes a
statutory body and that a forensic audit is conducted and the culprits be
brought to book. However, some of the students interviewed by URN, say
they are strongly opposed to Electoral Commission to preside over their polls.
The outgoing UNSA Speaker, Alfred Ongwen, says their
constitution doesn’t allow doesn’t allow anyone outside the Association to
preside over the elections of a new leadership. Godfrey Akampa, a student at Law Development Center and one
of the petitioners, says he is tandem with all the resolutions with the
exception of using Electoral Commission to preside over their polls.
consent to some resolutions but I will not support what is wrong. I’m glad that
the President was concerned about the fact that money was being stolen within
the Association”, said Akampa. He
however, said he would be okay if a committee is
appointed to supervise their elections as opposed to bringing in Electoral
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Some sources of the sources that attended the meeting also
told URN on condition of anonymity that the students asked Museveni for funds
to start income generating projects and scholarships like he has always done to
other leaders who have approached him.
However, the President reportedly asked the student leaders
to register for one of the items and not both. According to the minutes seen by
URN, 12 students registered for enterprise funding and 11 registered for
scholarships because they were interested in further studies.
The Students will now return to court on September, 12th,
2019 together with their lawyer to present the resolution to the judge. Our
reporter was unable to independently verify details of the meeting.