Nalukwago Judith, NUP’s female candidate in Makerere University’s 2021 guild presidential contest, has been suddenly eliminated from the race on the eve of what was supposed to be election day. In a court verdict given in the miscellaneous case no 135 of 2021 ‘Nalukwago Judith vs. Makerere University’, justice Emmanuel Baguma, a renowned cadre judge connived with the Makerere administration and ruled that Nalukwago does not qualify to compete.
She had been successfully nominated earlier, but midway the guild campaigns, Makerere suddenly applied a new criteria for nominating candidates, a criteria that they knew renders her ineligible to contest.
“Our collective struggle as citizens for a better country (regardless of our political affiliations) is already scarce on female participants. It’s frustrating that even the few who participate in it are targeted in this manner by individuals who lack the foresight to see far beyond the current political dynamics,” reacts NUP lawyer, Saasi Marvin.
Roy Rugumayo, a final year psychology student and a campaign aide of Nalukwago decried the harsh court decision saying it had an invisible influence. “Of course the state has its candidate,” Rugumayo says.