The Uganda Young Democrats of Makerere University Business School (MUBS) have endorsed Shenmark Mwesiga, a second year student currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Procurement and Supply Chain Management .
Campus Bee managed to link up with him for a chat ahead of the university’s guild elections which are expected to kick off later in April.
Mwesiga describes himself as a social person, who likes politics and has a deep passion for football. When asked on what inspired him to run for guild presidency, Mwesiga opened up about his deep passion to serve his fellow students as he vowed to bring change in leadership.
“The passion I have to serve my fellow students inspired me. I have been a leader since birth because from primary I was a prefect, I was also a prefect at St. Henry’s College Kitovu (O’level), and when I went to St Lawrence, I was a head boy.” Mwesiga said.
Despite having no experience in leading a University, Mwesiga noted that his determination and the package he has for students will enable him succeed as he narrated that the Guild President position is not big for him. “It doesn’t matter whether you’ve served as a GRC or not, its your determination and what you have in package for the students that matters.” Mwesiga assured that he was born a leader.
Ahead of the guild elections set to kick off in April, Mwesiga has already established a fan base under the campaign ‘Shenmark Cares’ where he has launched community work projects as well as creating free reflector jackets for MUBS bodaboda riders.
“I have helped in the recent incident where a guy stabbed his girlfriend, because I care, I had to contact the police to come and save the situation. I have also set up some projects like the clean up at the small gate and I have also made some reflector jackets for the bodabodas that transport our very own students.” Mwesiga added.
While explaining about the work of these jackets, Mwesiga noted that the reflector jackets are labeled with the rider’s details, a stage number and the MUBS stage name. Mwesiga also thinks that students can use this information incase they get a problem with the rider, in a bid to ensure safety.
While commenting about the works of the previous two guild governments who all came from the UYD camp, Mwesiga hailed their achievements as he promised work instead of words while answering the question on why MUBS leaders are always quiet.
However, Mwesiga has vowed to fill up some of the gaps that the previous regimes have failed to sort. “ Some of the loopholes we can solve are within the health sector, we usually have delayed services. We can have a dialogue with the administration and the ministry of health plus other health organizations to sponsor us so that we can improve the MUBS health sector.” Mwesiga promised.
Speaking of security, Mwesiga is planning to collaborate with police and KCCA to see that dark corners around MUBS are lighted. We have heard incidents of beating up students by thugs, in those dark corners. Well, I think when I’m elected, I am planning to advocate and talk to the administration and other responsible parties like KCCA, Police, to try and re-install security lights at those places. I will also request police to deploy more patrols.” Mwesiga assured.
Mwesiga and his competitors are awaiting nominations which are expected to be held in the next two weeks after which a full force campaign period will be launched.
We will keep you posted.