The race to lead Uganda’s oldest university started in earnest last Thursday with 17 candidates declaring interest and picking nomination forms, according to the Makerere University electoral commission spokesperson, Abbey Kizito Abasi.
Unlike last year where only 12 males competed for the top seat, this time round, three females have also joined the race. They are Doreen Alituha, Mercy Faith Lakisa and Ruth Nsubuga.
The other aspirants include Andrew Ssentale, Henry Kihika, Simon Wanyera, Stephen Bukomeko, Emmanuel Kizito Luwukya, Abdu Karim Zilitwaula, Lulican Agadi, James Kazungu, Paul Kato, and Timothy Sambwa.
According to Abasi, each aspirant paid a non-refundable fee of Shs 200,000 and submitted a police letter to prove they had no criminal record, among other things.
He added that upon submitting a fully filled nomination form, an aspirant has to meet several requirements as stipulated by article 72 of the guild constitution
“The candidate must meet requirements of membership to the GRC, be a full member of the guild for at least two consecutive semesters, have a CGPA [cumulatuve grade point average] of 2.8 and above and have no pending retake in their entire academic record for the current study programme being undertaken at Makerere University,” Abasi explained.
Voting is scheduled to take place on April 6. Elsewhere, Kyambogo University students will gather today to elect a new guild president for a second time.
Voting was cancelled a month ago after unscrupulous people failed the e-voting system. The students will use an analogue system to determine who of the eight candidates will take over as guild president. At the Islamic University in Uganda, campaigns are also underway to elect a new guild president.