Nkumba University, Kampala Campus came alive with the buzz of democracy as students braved the harsh weather to vote for their new Governor.
The closely contested election saw Abdallah Kayonde edge his nemesis Nankya Evelyn to win the Governor race with 53% of the votes. Nankya trailed in closely with 41%. 6% of the total votes were invalid.
The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mr. George Kigundu, expressed his gratitude to the students for their active participation in the democratic process, “the turn up was low but I am happy that students braved the weather to vote for their new leaders,”
There were tensions in the morning when the electoral commission team had a disagreement over the number of ballot papers issued but the chairperson said, he was able to contain the situation, “disagreements happen everyday but how you handle it is what matters, we disagreed and amicably came to a consensus.”
Kigundu further noted that the elections were free and fair, “we gave it our best and indeed students are satisfied with our service, the elections were free and fair. No violence, no vote rigging, no ballot stuffing, the team did a commendable job.”
Speaking to Nkumba University News shortly after his victory announcement, the newly elected Govorner thanked students for believing in him and promised to be the bridge for social cohention between the two Nkumba University Campuses.
By press time, Nankya Evelyn was not available for a comment.
Outgoing Governor , Dorothy Nakivumbi congratulated the winner and wished him success in his forth coming delliberations, “I am happy students turned and voted for their new leader, I congratulate Mr. Kayonde and wish him a successful tenure.”
Kayonde’s victory has been met with optimism among the student body, with many believing that he is a leader who will serve the interests of the students and foster positive change within the University.
The swearing-in of the newly elected Governor and his cabinet is expected to take place next week.