Student leaders at Uganda Christian
University-UCU have blocked guild elections until the university clears their
allowances and stipends amounting to about Shillings 100 million. The guild
leaders believe that once the elections are conducted it will be hard for the university
to release their unspent guild funds.
Following the resumption of studies when
the government eased the lockdown, the guild council passed a budget of Shillings
114 million to complete its activities. The Director of Students Affairs
approved the budget to cater for the allowances, stipends, awards, shirts and
guild trip for the student leaders from July to November.
However, the university has never released the money. The university had scheduled to conduct
its first online student elections using the ‘e-Chagua’ on Monday this week.
However, the exercise didn’t take place due to the misunderstandings with the
Timothy Kadaga, the UCU Guild President also replaced the Electoral Commission-EC Chairperson John Bruce with Graham Joshua Alinda accusing the former of mismanaging the office. Kadaga says the guild
constitution gives him powers to revoke the appointment of the EC chairperson
on grounds of mismanagement and abuse of office and appoint a new one.
Although URN has obtained a letter confirming
Alinda’s appointment, our reporter has also obtained recordings where Bruce
disagrees with the guild officials suspending the elections. According to the recording, the Guild Prime
Minister, John Baptist Ouma, says if they allow the elections to take place, it
will signal the end for the push for their money.
However, Bruce says the guild president
and his cabinet are exhibiting greed and tainting the image of the university. He
wonders why they would frustrate the long-awaited online
elections yet it would turn out to be their strongest achievement.
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The UCU Public Relations Officer, Frank Obonyo says the university
the administration is rectifying a few inconveniences in order to carry out a just
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Two students are competing for the position of guild president. They are Kenneth
Agaba Aponda, a third-year law student and Jim Patrick Wasswa, a third-year