Robert Maseruka a candidate of the National Unity Platform (NUP) who won the Makerere University guild polls have been sworn in.
Maseruka won the highly competitive race with 2558 votes, beating his closest competitor and fellow classmate Hilary Oremo Odwee, who managed 2531 votes, while Akankunda Sabiiti came third with 2334 votes. He replaces Alionzi Lawrence, the former 88th Guild President.
Shortly after being sworn in, Maseruka pledged to take student affairs center stage.
He promised to always work closely with the University administration to ensure that students’ affairs are attended to diligently.
Professor Alinaitwe represented the Vice Chancellor, Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, at the ceremony.
In his speech, Prof Alinaitwe rallied Maseruka to lead in a peaceful manner like his predecessor.
“HE Alionzi’s leadership has been for only three months but they have done quite a commendable job,” he said
“I congratulate the Electoral Commission for delivering such a peaceful fair and free election,” he added
The University administration has faced scrutiny in recent times, with allegations that it undermines the rights of students. The latest incident involved the denial of students’ right to affiliate with their preferred political parties and the suspension of students who express opposition to institutional policies.
Speaking at the same event, Prof Winfred Kabumbuli the Dean of Students pledged to work with the student leadership to ensure students’ needs are delivered on time.
In his speech, Joel Ssenyonyi the Party spokesperson of NUP congratulated Maseruka and tasked him to work for the students since they are the ones that have trusted him with the Mandate.