Live bullets and
teargas rocked the main campus of Islamic University in Uganda-IUIU in Mbale
district on Saturday evening as police dispersed rowdy students.
It all started shortly
after the IUIU Guild Electoral Commission Chairperson, Gava Kasango declared
Yusuf Welunga, a third year Law student and People Power Supporter winner of
the guild polls.
He garnered 1279 votes
beating his closest rival, Muhammad Abdul Aziz, a student of Bachelors of
Statistics who gathered 582 votes.
Police fired teargas and live bullets as the
students burst in celebrations chanting the People Power slogan following
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The IUIU Security Officer, Ratib Juma said police used tear gas and bullets to
disperse rowdy students to stop them from suffocating the Guild elect.
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The guild polls were
highly contested with allegations of voting from each camp.
In other polls Fatimah
Nakibuule, a Second Year Student of Education was voted second IUIU First lady
with 509 votes against 411 votes managed by her rival, of Halima Ahmed Hassan,
a student of Statistics.
According to some of
the students, the election pit Ugandan students against their colleagues from
Somalia, who they accused of dominating the student leadership for a very long
The outgoing guild president is Muhammad Ali Muhammad Abdulle who replaced Muhammad Ali Mohamud, both of Somali origin.
Ibrahim Nsisiro, a third year student of Mass Communication, said People Power
activists on campus brought the Ugandan candidates because they wanted change
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Moses Wangolo, another third Mass Communication student, said international
students have been winning Guild elections in the past because of disunity
among Ugandan students.
He likened Somali administration to the NRM government,
which has stayed in power for 34 years, saying they were yearning for change.
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Gava Kasango, the IUIU Guild Electoral Commission Chairperson described the
elections as free and fair.
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Addressing students before the polls Dr. Sulait Kabali, the Dean of Students,
said they were interested in seeing students choose leaders of their own choice
and asked the losers to respect the results.
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Yusuf Welunga, the Guild President elect said that his first task is to
institute committees that would ensure accountability to students.
He said he
had a committed and determined campaign team, which explains his victory.