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MUBS favorite, Juma Wasswa Balunywa not nominated for guild presidency

Juma Wasswa Balunywa (pictured) has not been nominated in the 2024 Makerere University Business School (MUBS) Guild Elections.

Kampala, (UG):– Makerere University Business School (MUBS) Guild Presidential hopeful, Juma Wasswa Balunywa (JWB), who has for long been tipped to sweep the forthcoming guild elections is in heartbreak after he failed to secure the final nomination over academic reasons.

JWB, the son of former MUBS Principal, Wasswa Balunywa was among the final nominees enlisted for the final vetting on Thursday afternoon by the institution’s Electoral Commission (EC), but the joy of his supporters sadly shortlived with his painful exit.

Sources within MUBS confirmed to this publication that it was true that JWB’s dismissal from the presidential race was premised on a retake he accrued in computing mathematics during his second year of study.

According to the MUBS Guild constitution, aspirants vying for the Guild Presidential Seat, and or Guild Parliament (GRC) positions must have maintained normal progress throughout all semesters and should not have received any retakes.

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Despite this stringent requirement, JWB was defiant he would defy the rule and has been vigorously campaigning for the presidency through various platforms including social media, on-campus events, and engagements at students’ halls of residence.

With his painful termination, sources from the Nakawa-based Makerere branch who appeared dissatisfied with the process pointed out foul play, with a cryptic message allegedly shared by Prof Balunywa, his father accusing the current principal, Prof Moses Muhwezi of masterminding his son’s exit from the race.

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“After all the hate campaign against me, Prof Muhwezi finally gets my son beaten and arrested,” reads in part a cryptic message allegedly posted on Prof Wasswa Balunywa’s WhatsApp status (below).

In the aftermath of his termination from the race, activists on social media have already initiated a campaign dubbed #FreeJWB, which has allegedly been endorsed by the former Principal to see that his son is accepted back in the race.

Baluywa’s removal also stirs a wave of questions and concerns within the student body regarding the legitimacy of Juma Wasswa Balunywa Junior’s candidacy.

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The Dean of Students’ office, charged with overseeing guild activities, has promptly circulated guidelines for all candidates, stressing the importance of strict adherence to the rules and regulations.

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