To combat the chaos caused by the students at Makerere University, the top management has resolved to start holding digital elections.
The top management at Makerere University has resolved to start holding digital elections as a solution to the continuous chaos caused by the students.
Announcing the new rules during an emergency meeting that was held on Friday, July 15, 2022, council chairperson Lorna Magara said the decision was taken to help instil discipline in students and all parties at the university.
“Any future elections shall be virtual,” the Management also rose to condemn the continuous violent scenes witnessed at the university every time there are guild elections.
The meeting came shortly after the death of Bentugura Dewate, a Uganda Christian University student who was on Thursday last week stabbed to death following the chaos that erupted between supporters of the National Unity Platform (NUP) and Forum for Democratic Change Party (FDC).
Dewate reportedly died at around 8:30 pm during the final political campaigns leading to the guild elections that had been slated for Friday 15 July 2022.
Eyewitnesses indicated that a scuffle ensued between supporters of the NUP camp led by their guild candidate Lawrence Alionzi alias Dangote and the FDC camp led by their candidate Justus Tukamushaba after supporters of the latter attempted to force their way through the entrance to the university Rugby Grounds where the NUP candidate was holding his last rally.
“We had gathered at the Rugby Grounds to listen to Dangote when supporters of the FDC candidate tried to force their way in. They started pelting stones and broken beer bottles at us. Police intervened and fired teargas forcing students to flee. Several students, including myself were injured,” Ms Lillian Ayot told Daily Monitor in an interview.
Another student, Ronald Amanya said he saw someone stab a colleague with a broken bottle before he (the victim) started bleeding profusely from the neck.
“This boy was in the NUP camp but he kept exchanging words with some people from the FDC camp. Someone emerged from the crowd and stabbed him with a broken bottle in the neck and disappeared into the crowd,” he said.
The victim who was bleeding profusely is said to have run to Nsibirwa Hall bathrooms to clean the blood but it was too late.
“We tied a cloth around his neck but it couldn’t help. We had to rush him to the university hospital, but he had lost a lot of blood. He was pronounced dead moments after we arrived at the hospital,” he added.