This year’s Makerere Guild elections will go down in history as one the most confusing and controversial polls following series of events that surrounded the nomination process. The latest coming in indicates that Judith Nalukwago who is running for guild presidency on the National Unity Platform (NUP) ticket has secured an interim order from The High Court in Kampala stopping the university from disqualifying her.
In a session presided over by Justice Emmanuel Baguma on Friday, Court agreed that Nalukwago was duly nominated by the university and therefore should be allowed to campaign. It should be recalled that Nalukwago did not appear on the last list of duly nominated candidates as well as NRM’s Dickson Muhwezi.
“An interim order of injunction doth issue restraining the respondents and their agents from disqualifying the applicant or otherwise setting aside her certificate of academic standing until the main application M.A no. 341 of 2021 is disposed of on Monday,” part of the court order reads.
The other nominated candidates include; Joshua Mutabazi of the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), Joseph Tumusiime (Independent), and Aaron Oguttu who is also leaning on NUP.
Shortly after securing the Court order, Nalukwago revealed that there is a malicious move aimed at barring her from appearing on the ballot ahead of the long awaited guild elections.
“I know there is a malicious move in all this. It is good that the court has pronounced itself on the matter and we need them to defend themselves on that,” Nalukwago said.
Nalukwago’s dreams of leading Makerere students were almost shuttered when the Acting Dean of Students, Winifred Kabumbuli introduced new guidelines to be followed in the nomination process. Kabumbuli was backed by the University Council to decide that only registered students for the year 2019/2020 without retakes in that particular year should be nominated.
Below is the Court order;