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PLU’s Ariho challenges Lubega’s victory as Makerere Guild President

Makerere Guild President-elect, Mr Lubega Vincent Nsamba, of the National Unity Platform (NUP). Photo/Courtesy

Kampala, (UG):- Edmond Ariho, the Patriotic League of Uganda’s (PLU) candidate in the recently concluded Makerere University Guild Elections has run to the Varsity tribunal challenging Lubega Vincent Nsamba’s victory as Guild President.

Nsamba, attached to the opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) was last week declared winner of the tightly contested election by Ramadhan Kirunda, the chairperson of the university’s Electoral Commission after he garnered a total of 2450 votes, while Ariho, the closest rival trailed in second with 2436 votes.

Others in the race were Mr Kasekende Fulungensio who clinched the third runner-up spot with 1674 votes, while Wandukwa Simon secured the fourth runner-up position with 1039 votes in the election which saw a total of 16 candidates compete for the much-coveted guild seat.

Now, barely a week since his victory, Ariho, the runner-up in the election has written to the University Guild Elections Tribunal disputing Lubega’s election as the 90th guild president and asked among others, a repeat of the election.

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Ms Winifred Kabumbuli, Dean of Students and Secretary, Guild Elections Petition Tribunal acknowledged receipt of Ariho’s petition and asked the entire student community to stay calm as authorities and concerned parties process the matter.

“Notice is hereby given that Mr Edmond Ariho, one of the candidates in the 90th guild elections has disputed the outcome of the elections, in which Mr. Vincent Nsamba Lubega emerged the winner. He has lodged the petition, dated March, 10th, 2024, with the secretary to the Guild Elections Petition Tribunal,” Ms Kabumbuli said.

“I appeal to the student community and all stakeholders to remain calm while the petition is being processed by the Guild Elections Petition,” she added.

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