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Makerere Blames Guild Electoral Violence on Politicians

The Makerere University Dean of Students, Cyriaco Kabagambe, has warned students that action will be taken against those who resort to violence ahead of guild elections today. Kabagambes remarks come hours after the police engaged in running battles with students on Thursday evening when the final rally turned into a fight. This was shortly after former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye sneaked into the university.
Students on one of the guild rallies at Mary Stuart Hall on April 1st.

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The Makerere University Dean of Students, Cyriaco Kabagambe, has warned students that action will be taken against those who resort to violence ahead of guild elections today. 

Kabagambe's remarks come hours after the police engaged in running battles with students on Thursday evening when the final rally turned into a fight. This was shortly after former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye sneaked into the university.

Voting starts at 8am at the 30 polling stations with exception of the School of Public Health where the exercise kicked off at 7:30am. Students at the School of Public Health have a conference at Protea Hotel in Kampala later in the day.

In an interview with URN, Kabagambe said that while the campaign process has from the start been successful, isolated acts of violence that were registered were steered by non-student actors who enter the university. He said the university has no control over them.

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Ballot papers had already been supplied to the University by Thursday evening, according to Kabagambe. Kabagambe said that only students are expected to vote on presentation of their University Identity cards for continuing students and bio-data forms for first year students.

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He added that unlike last year, the university has requested police and university security to supervise the elections.

Last year, an election tribunal probing the irregularity allegations in the College of Education and External Studies called for a re-election after finding out that many students had voted without meeting the requirements.

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Kabagambe says that this year the university expects voter turn up to be between 10,000 and 15,000 students.  By 7pm on Thursday, the university had not released the voters register.

Kabagambe attributed the delay to the closure of the online Result Management System a system with students' database which was closed last month after to investigate allegations of alteration of marks by some university officials.

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This year's guild presidential election has attracted 14 candidates who include; Agadi Lulican Twegyeirwe, Stephen Bukomeko, Isaac Isabirye, Kazungu James, Emmanuel Kizito Luwukya, Henry Kihika, Abdu Kareem Ziritwaula and Andrew Ssentale.

Others are Ruth Nsubuga Nampande, Paul Kato, William Karamagi, Mercy Faith Lakisa, Timothy Sambwa and Doreen Alituha.

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