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FDC's Were wins Makerere guild elections

Date: 
Friday, 23 March 2018
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Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party candidate, Salim Were alias Papa has been declared winner of the Makerere guild presidency elections.

Isaac Kenneth Isabirye, the Makerere University guild electoral commission chairperson declared Were winner on Wednesday evening. Were garnered 3,202 votes beating his Uganda Young Democrats rival Edward Ssemakula Kinene who polled 2,267 votes.

Papa Were celebrates his election victory 

Silver Kent Lwamaza came third with 1,528 votes followed by Andrew Julian Taliwaku with 1,380 votes, Frederick Chiluba with 776 votes, Samuel Nuwataho 146 votes and Henry Turyasingura 123 votes.
 
A total of 10,725 students participated in the polls, which attracted 15 candidates. Isaac Kenneth Isabirye, the Makerere University guild electoral commission chairperson described the electoral process as peaceful, free and fair. 

Shortly after being declared winner, Were, who was dressed in a red overall and head gear, with words "Togikwatako" waved the Uganda flag to thousands of students.

The fourth-year Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine student briefly addressed his supporters at the guild office where he vowed to challenge the university administration.

Were, told his supporters that his first task will be to challenge the suspension of Ronald Ainebyoona, a law student on Monday.

Ainebyoona was subsequently arrested and locked up at Wandegeya police station for alleged forgery and bribery.  Last year, Were staged a lone demonstration and marched to parliament with his mattress to protest against lifting of the presidential age limit.