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FDC’s Kato is new Makerere guild president

By Eddie Ssejjoba

Added 8th April 2017 12:54 PM

Paul Kato, a second year BA Education student beat 14 other contenders after polling 5,205 votes, which is 38.53%, sending supporters in night long celebrations

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Paul Kato, a second year BA Education student beat 14 other contenders after polling 5,205 votes, which is 38.53%, sending supporters in night long celebrations

Makerere University guild president elect Paul Kato

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) flag bearer in the Makerere University 2017 guild elections, Paul Kato was Friday evening declared winner a day after the former party Presidential candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye was blocked from addressing the final campaign rally at the Freedom Square.   

The police used tear gas to disperse students who had gathered to cheer Dr. Besigye who sneaked into the University in a car not known to the police.

Paul Kato, a second year BA Education student beat 14 other contenders after polling 5,205 votes, which is 38.53%, sending supporters in night long celebrations at the University campus and surrounding areas where majority of students reside in private hostels.

The poll results were announced by the university Electoral Commission Chairperson, Isaac Otuku.

Kato was followed by Independent candidate, Abdul Kareem Ziritwawula who polled 4,369, which is 32.34%.

Another independent candidate, Mercy faith Lakisa came third with 1567 votes while Democratic Party's candidate, William Karamagi came forth with 1,041 votes.

The National Resistance Movement (NRM) flag bearer, Ruth Nsubuga took position nine and polled 110 votes, which is 0.81%.

Kato is scheduled to replace outgoing Democratic Party supporter, Roy Ssemboga and become the 83 guild President of Uganda's oldest University.

Other candidates who contested for the top leadership included Doreen Alituha, Stephen Bukomeko, Keneth Isabirye, James Kazungu, Henry kihika, Emmanuel Kizito, Timothy Ssambwa, Andrew Ssentale, and L. Agadi.     

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