Makerere University fourth year student Ivan Ssempijja a NUP leading candidate pursing a bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery won yesterday’s tightly contested guild elections.
Ssempijja polled over 3000 votes that were enough to have him declared the winner after voter turnout was so low owing it to the circumstances under which the polls took place especially the covid 19 pandemic.
His closet rival Aaron Oguttu who was also leaning on NUP had over 1000 votes while Bbosa Edwin Betuyita from the school of education polled just over 200 votes in third place.
Ssempijja joined the race after some of the guild contestants had been disqualified by the university Dean of Students committee leaving only Aaron Oguttu as the strongest one.
The disqualified contestants together with their supporters decided to boycott the elections citing that the university administration was trying to impose someone on them that they did not want.
Some of the disqualified candidates included NUP’s official flagbearee Judith Nalukwago who was disqualified due to retakes , NRM’s Joseph Tumusiime, and Mutabarura from the School of Law.
These were all disqualified a few days prior to the elections which left Ssempijja with alot of strength to clinch the presidency after he got support from Judith Nalukwago’s camp.
NUP principle Bobi Wine really thanked the young leaders that have really come out to spearhead his voice of change as they have shown how resilient and committed they are towards the winds of change.
He said although they were torn apart on who to field for the guild presidency, he was glad that they had finally clinched it even after disqualifying their leading candidate Judith Nalukwago under unclear circumstances.