Court Forces Mak to Push Back Guild Elections

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The High Court in Kampala on Thursday evening stopped Makerere University guild elections that had been scheduled for March 13. This was after one of the disqualified guild presidential contestants Latima Kayondo secured an interim order in which the university accepted to allow him back into the race.

The High Court in Kampala on Thursday evening stopped Makerere University guild elections that had been scheduled for March 13.
 
This was after one of the disqualified guild presidential contestants Latima Kayondo secured an interim order in which the university accepted to allow him back into the race.
 
The elections will now be held on March 16, 2015.
 
The change in the election dates is to enable Kayondo hold three more rallies and be at the same level with his competitors who have been campaigning as he pursued legal action in court.
 
The interim orders were issued by presiding judge Benjamin Kabiito in the presence of Dennis Kwizera, the lawyer of Kayondo and the Dean of students Sarah Aseru, among others.
 
Court also ordered that each party bears its costs.
 
The Electoral Commission had disqualified Kayondo from the presidential race on grounds that he had failed to meet the requirement of the normal progress in his academic track record under article 9 (4) b of the Students guild constitution.
 
Kayondo who is a third year law student had in his plaint claimed that the decision by the University's electoral commission was illegal as it was not the interpretation of the provisions of the university's guild constitution to disqualify him.
 
He also claimed that he was not accorded a hearing before a decision was taken to have him disqualified from the presidential race.
 
Kayondo was among the three candidates disqualified by the chairman of the electoral body Roy Ssembogga for failing to meet the requirements of normal progress.
 
Others were David Bala Bwiruka and Kenneth Seruuma.
 
Their disqualification from the guild race had left eight candidates in the race. They include Andrew Baguma, Festus Tumusiime Bamwoya, Henry Lubega, Williams George Mukula, Musa Mwine, Stella Namulindwa, Michael Opoya and Ivan Sentongo.
 
Kayondo had jointly sued the guild Electoral Commission alongside the University Council, Senate, and the Academic Registrar.