FDC’s Paul Kato has been declared the new Guild president for Makerere University succeeding the former guild president Roy Ssemboga whose term of office ended early March.
While announcing the results last night at around 10pm, the chairperson electoral commission Makerere University, Isaac Otuuko observed that the election was free and fair.
Kato’s victory follows a highly competitive race which saw 14 Candidates vying for the guild presidential race.
Dr. Kizza Besigye was blocked from addressing the final campaign rally at the Freedom Square.
The police used tear gas to disperse students who had gathered to cheer Dr. Besigye who sneaked into the University in a car not known to the police.
Paul Kato, a second year BA Education student beat 14 other contenders after polling 5,205 votes, which is 38.53%, sending supporters in night long celebrations at the University campus and surrounding areas where majority of students reside in private hostels.
The poll results were announced by the university Electoral Commission Chairperson, Isaac Otuku.
Kato was followed by Independent candidate, Abdul Kareem Ziritwawula who polled 4,369, which is 32.34%.
Meanwhile Mercy Lakisa one of the women who had also contested in the race managed to take up the third position after acquiring 1569 votes which equates to 11.6% win.
James kazungu who contested as an independent manged to secure only one vote.
Kato is scheduled to replace outgoing Democratic Party supporter, Roy Ssemboga and become the 83 guild President of Uganda’s oldest University.
Other candidates who contested for the top leadership included Doreen Alituha, Stephen Bukomeko, Keneth Isabirye, James Kazungu, Henry kihika, Emmanuel Kizito, Timothy Ssambwa, Andrew Ssentale, and L. Agadi. – See more at: http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1450594/fdc-kato-makerere-guild-president#sthash.PNpb7IEU.dpuf