Amongin new guild boss

Moreen Akatukunda campaign group (Photo by Fred Hidula)

BY BRIGHT NIWAHA

Ms Prisca Amongin, a second-year Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance student, has scooped victory to the Uganda Christian University guild presidency, becoming the second female student leader ever in the university.

The first female guild president in UCU was Blessed Mulungi (2014 – 2015). Amongin beat her only rival, Moreen Akatukunda, with a total of 1,463 votes, a 734 margin over Akatukunda’s 729 votes. Akatukunda is a a third-year law student.

This victory comes after the 2016/17 guild elections that were held on November 2. Amongin obtained 209 votes from the Faculty of Social Sciences, 560 votes from the Business and Management faculty, 208 from Law, 69 from Social Sciences, 221 from Education, and 196 votes from the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Akatukunda got 100 votes from Social Sciences, 162 from Business, 252 from Law, 17 from Health Sciences, 98 from Education, and 100 votes from Science and Technology.

The two ladies managed to beat the odds to make it to this year’s final guild presidential race, when they trumped the male dominance of four men who were disqualified after failing to satisfy their competence before the Joint Selection Committee.

The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Desmond Feni, after announcing the results in Nkoyoyo Hall, called for peace and harmony among the former presidential aspirants.

“Elections should not be a disuniting factor among students. At the end of the elections we all remain students struggling to achieve a common goal, which is academic excellence,” Feni said.

Reflecting on her manifesto, summarised in the acronym “PRISCA” (Promote Welfare, Readiness, Infrastructure, Security, Campus Image and Accountability), Amongin promises to break the employment barrier among UCU graduates by creating a platform that will link third and fourth-year students to potential employers through internships so that they can easily find jobs.

“I seek to promote students’ welfare through ensuring a viable environment around the students’ hostels suitable for their academic excellence, checking on the meals, and engaging students in various entertainment activities,” Amongin said.

“There is also the need to close the gap between the administration and students, and so I will act as an intermediary to advocate for students’ rights.

“I further seek to increase the capacity of compound seats and increase on the number of security lights to boost the university’s infrastructure.”

Amongin also highlighted the issues of students’ security, accountability and transparency as well as uplifting the campus image through engaging other universities.

“This is a historical moment for the university and for me, as well as a big challenge. I have to meet the expectations of the students, administration and my academics,” she said.

In a phone interview with The Standard, Akatukunda, conceded defeat and congratulated Amongin upon her success.

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