The Masaka Municipality National Resistance Movement-NRM youth chairperson, Faisal Sseruwagi is nursing injuries after being assaulted by students Muteesa I Royal University.
The students descended on Sseruwagi on Wednesday night at their main campus where he had gone for last minute-campaigns for Gonzaga Ssembuusi, the NRM party candidate in in the guild race.
The students accused Sseruwagi of conspiring to rig their guild polls. Trouble started when Sseruwagi reportedly led a campaign team into the students' hostels to solicit support for Ssembuusi.
He is competing against FDC's Arafat Kigundu and DP's, Paddy Kimbowa. Timothy Matovu, one of the campaign agents of Kimbowa, says they intercepted Sseruwagi with his team while trying to bribe and manipulate students to vote for the NRM candidate.
The students also vandalized a Toyata Noah vehicle registration number UAQ 301R the group was using. He says the students got angry that Sseruwagi was campaigning after the official close of the campaign period.
//Cue in: “They wanted to rig……………..
Cue out………………not ready to serve//
//Cue In: “Kyebitegeeza kiyinza okuba…………….
Cue out……….. okubeera obulungi//
However, Sseruwagi denies allegations of being involved electoral malpractices, saying that he went to the university to pick up one their campaign agents who had fallen sick when the students intercepted his car.
He confirmed that he was mobbed up by students who injured him in the scuffle as they evicted him from the campus. Although Ssembuusi denies knowledge of the incident, his rivals argue that he has part of the foiled plot to rig the elections.
The guild council polls were held this morning under the tight watch of the anti-riot police.