NRM girl wins Mutesa varsity guild seat


Irene Nyafwono, a member of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) is the new Mutesa 1 Royal University Guild president.

Nyafwono, a second year student of Human Resource Management, polled 122 votes followed by Democratic Party candidate, Nuliat Nakiito, with 56 votes and Forum for Democratic Change member, Saidi Nasasira, who also picked 56 votes.

The fourth contestant, Francis Baraija, an independent, was disqualified over misconduct.

There was a low voter turn up which students blamed on the electoral commission for delaying voter cards.

The University Electoral Commission Chairperson, Perez Tusasirwe, said that out of 362 students who had registered, only 270 managed to cast their votes.

Tusasirwe confidently stated that the elections were free and fair after announcing Nyafwono as the overall winner.

In her maiden speech, Nyafwono promised to serve the students without fear or favour and to ensure that she fights all repressive policies are dropped so students rights can be recognised, as is stated in her manifesto.

Nyafwono becomes the first female and NRM member to win the position of guild president at Mutesa 1 Royal University.

About Mutesa 1 university

Muteesa I Royal University (MRU) is a private university accredited by the Uganda National Council for Higher Education (UNCHE), in 2007.

The university has three campuses; main campus is located in the city of Masaka, the second campus is located on Mengo Hill, the seat of the Buganda Government, within the city of Kampala while the third campus is located in the town of Mubende.

It plans to establish a fourth campus at Nazigo, in Kayunga District, to house the Faculty of Education and a fifth campus in Kalangala in the Ssese Islands to house the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Studies and also the Faculty of Tourism Studies.

It is named after Kabaka Muteesa I Mukaabya Walugembe Kayiira. He made agreements with the British to introduce British-based education in his kingdom (Buganda) in the late 19th century.

It held its first graduation ceremony on Friday 15 April 2011. At the same ceremony, His Majesty Ronald Edward Frederick Kimera Muwenda Mutebi II was installed as the first Chancellor of the university.


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