Guild electoral commissioners fired over abuse of office

BY BRIGHT NIWAHA

Mr Bob Festus H i m b i s e , the head of the guild Electoral Commission (EC) at Uganda Christian University (UCU), has been fired, together with three members of the committee.

Himbise was fired on October 10, over unethical conduct and abuse of office.

The other EC officials who were shown the exit are the Finance

Secretary, Queen Melody Amanya, the Publicity Secretary, Derrick Kamanzi, and Raymond Lukyamuzi, the secretary to the Commission.

The Director of Students’ Affairs (DOSA), Olive Ayo Birabi, said that an audio recording was presented to her office by one of the victims who was asked by the EC chairperson to pay some money in order to be declared winner unopposed, in the Member of Parliament race for the 2016-2017 guild government.

“The recording had two characters: the aspirant and the chairperson (Bob Festus Himbise).

“We have listened to the recording and have handed it over to the disciplinary committee for further investigations after which a final resolution will be reached,” Ayo said.

However, the DOSA has refuted reports on the online campus news platforms that had earlier reported that the EC boss was fired over a live recording demanding sex from female aspirants for the guild government positions, saying that such issues have not yet been raised by the complainants.

Efforts to reach Himbise for comment were futile as his phone was off.

However, The Standard has seen his letter dated October 10, addressed to the DOSA, seeking to resign from the office of EC chairperson “for the good of the majority and my academic career.”

The Guild President, Pius Nyikirize, through article 8(1) of the Guild Constitution, has since called a special parliamentary session. During the session held on Monday October 10, a new Electoral Commission committee was appointed, vetted and sworn in to run the 2016- 2017 guild elections.

“In order to serve the interests of the student body, I had to dissolve the committee. A new committee chaired by Desmond Feni was appointed to oversee the upcoming elections,” Nyikirize said.

According to the new EC chairperson Feni the new committee has already started executing their assigned duties and a new elections programme for this Advent Semester is out.

The vetting of eligible candidates kicks off on October 18, voting and declaration of results will be held on November 2, and the new cabinet shall be sworn in on November 17 and 22.

So far a total of 54 candidates have expressed interest in standing for the various MP positions, and six candidates are vying for the presidency.

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