The Nkumba University Guild Constitution stipulates that for a Guild President's impeachment to be successful, the students’ electorate must vote the guild president out of office. This means that the university must have organised a fresh general election for a new guild president, in case one is impeached two months before his/her tenure ends.
Embattled Nkumba University Guild President Byron Luswata Expedito listens in to Julius Kateregga, the Guild President of Makerere University –File Photo.
University Council has stopped any activities related to the impeachment of the
Guild President, Byron Luswata Expedito. The
University Secretary, Associate Professor,
Francis Kasekende, says the impeachment proceedings spearheaded by the acting
Guild Speaker are in total breach of the Guild Constitution.
out with fellow students in November last year when they accused him of alleged
incompetence, arrogance, corruption, greed and ego-centrism. Led by Wilberforce
Otim, the students also accused Luwasta of embezzling Shillings 20 million
meant for the Guild council; another Shillings 3.8 million meant for Health
Service Delivery and failure to settle grievances among students.
The student attempts to hold a Guild parliamentary session to impeach the guild
president were blocked by security and University management on grounds that
accused hadn’t been given a fair hearing. As a result, the
University Council sitting resolved on November 7th 2019 that the guild
president be served with summons to appear before the student’s Parliament in
accordance with the guild constitution.
Council also resolved that the President
prepares a written defense and submit it to the guild parliament after five
days and directed the Guild Parliament to respect the Guild Constitution. Subsequently,
the Guild speaker impeached the guild president on the same date and presided
over the swearing in of his Vice Guild President, Joyce Mary Ikiring as
substantive Guild President.
The Nkumba University Guild Constitution stipulates that for
a Guild President's impeachment to be successful, the students’ electorate must
vote the guild president out of office. This means that the
university must have organised a fresh general election for a new guild
president, in case one is impeached two months before his/her tenure ends.
In the Executive Meeting of Council sitting on January 23,
2020, members noted that whereas the first instruction of council was followed,
the guild speaker threw away the University Council guidelines and impeached
the guild president without following procedure.
“In that respect, going ahead to swear in a new person as the
new Guild President was a nullity. Therefore, your purported swearing in of a
new Guild President cannot be sustained as it was also conducted in breach of
the Guild Constitution,” says Associate Professor Kasekende in his January 27th
correspondence to the Guild Speaker.
He adds that; “The Executive Committee of Council hence
stresses; that H.E. Luswata Byron Expedito is the Guild President of Nkumba
University until a new Guild Government is elected.” Dr. Kasekende further stresses that Nkumba University is a
chartered institution whole core business is learning.
that its council is committed to maintaining a peaceful learning environment
for all its students. Dr. Kasekende
has warned the guild parliament and all members of the Student’s Guild to
refrain from any further unlawful acts that may threaten the peace at
“Any student implicated in any such offending activities
shall be immediately suspended pending the sitting of the Student Affairs
Committee to answer disciplinary charges that shall be considered against him
or her,” says Associate Professor Kasekende.
Luswata welcomed the guidance from the council in an
interview with URN this morning, saying he was uncertain of the motives behind
the speaker and the guild parliament.