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Student leaders call for free and fair electoral process

By Elizabeth Mbabazi, Francis Emorut

Added 9th January 2020 07:30 PM

Addressing journalists in a press conference held at the Makerere University guild offices on Thursday, the university’s vice-guild president Judith Nalukwago, said the majority of students are on holiday, which gives them the opportunity to be part of the consultation forums.

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Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine

Addressing journalists in a press conference held at the Makerere University guild offices on Thursday, the university’s vice-guild president Judith Nalukwago, said the majority of students are on holiday, which gives them the opportunity to be part of the consultation forums.

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Makerere and Kyambogo university student leaders have condemned security forces for blocking Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s countrywide consultation meetings, saying it is an infringement of freedom of association.
 
“We have noted with deep frustration the direct meddling of the state security apparatus in the internal political and social processes of Uganda,” they said in a joint press statement.
 
Addressing journalists in a press conference held at the Makerere University guild offices on Thursday, the university’s vice-guild president Judith Nalukwago, said the majority of students are on holiday, which gives them the opportunity to be part of the consultation forums.
 
“The public may be aware that the majority of students in higher institutions of learning are in holidays, some in villages and localities where the consultations are to be held, which makes them part of the consultation forums,” Nalukwago said.
 
She recalled the incident when security forces raided the university at night over the students who were striking against the 15% tuition fee increment, saying they have continued to violate the rights of freedom of association.
 
They also cited the highhandedness of the state security manifested in the recently concluded annual general meeting of the Uganda National Student’s Association convened at St Mary’s College Kisubi, where security organs such as Internal Security Organisation, Special Forces Command and Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence directly dictated and controlled the elections.
 
“We cannot remain silent in the face of these injustices meted onto the citizens,” Nalukwago noted.
 
The Kyambogo guild president, Jonathan Tundulu, argued that all presidential aspirants should be given a leveled ground to carry out their political activities without interruptions.
 
He pointed out that it is not the armed forces to decide who the President of Uganda becomes when Ugandans go for elections in 2021.
 
The Makerere University Guild minister of gender, Marion Kirabo, said all citizens of Uganda should be allowed to exercise their right to freedom of speech and association.
 

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