BY STAFF WRITER
Luke Ocugirwoth a second-year Bachelor of Business Administration, has been appointed guild president of UCU, Arua Campus.
This follows the stepping down of Felix Onzima, a first-year diploma student who had earlier applied to contest for the guild presidency, contrary to Article 27(b) of the Guild Constitution of UCU.
The stepping down of Onzima left only one contestant in the race, prompting the declaration of Ocugirwoth on November 24 as guild president.
In an interview, Jesse Alefeni, the outgoing guild president of Arua Campus, informed The Standard that after consultations with the Legal Officer, John Bahemuka Toa, and the Vice Chancellor, Dr John Senyonyi, it was agreed that Ocugirwoth be appointed guild president unopposed.
Alefeni explained that there is lack of interest among the students to stand for guild government positions, and also to vote.
“The students are not only reluctant to stand for the presidency but also other guild positions owing to the inactiveness of the current government. The guild government of Arua manages the campuses in Nebbi, Koboko and Mbare, but most of the activities we plan have been a flop due to due to lack of funding,” Alefeni said.
Given the poor funding, the guild officials also came up with a policy whereby one representative would be elected to represent a particular course for all the annex campuses. However, students found this unreasonable because they thought they would not be effectively represented.