Judith Nalukwago, a Makerere University student aspiring to become the next guild president has threatened to lead a serious strike if the university’s Electoral Commission (EC) does not release a roadmap for this year’s guild elections within 48 hours.
According to Nalukwago’s official statement, most universities have already voted for their students leaders as Makerere remains in darkness about the elections.
“Please note that it is only Makerere University that does not have a leadership. All other sister universities held their various elections where Students went to the polls and expressed themselves democratically.” Part of her statement reads
“The current leadership vacuum is caused by the administration that is against Students electing their leaders.
The same administration has illegally kept an interim government because it stands with them against the will of the students.” The statement reads further.
Nalukwago has issued a number of demands to the university EC whose failure to be considered will lead to a bloody strike at the Ivory Tower come Monday, 19th April. . Besides giving the EC 48 hours to release an electoral roadmap, Nalukwago has further tasked the electoral body to commence the nominations and verification of Guild Presidential and GRC contestants which must be complete by the midnight of Sunday 18th April 2021.
The bitter aspiring leader also asked the university administration to stop interfering in student politics as well as and sabotaging the election of their leaders.
“If none of those demands are heeded to by the timelines we have set, I call upon you to take part in a peaceful protest on Monday 19th April 2021. We must all stand against a group of crooks who for selfish reasons want to deny an institution that has lasted 86 years a smooth and successful continuation.” Nalukwago vowed.
It is said that the university management has acted out of pressure from students to scrap the UGX 50,000/- surchage on late registration.