High court grants Museveni time to resolve dispute with UNSA leaders

By Sania Babirye

The high court in Kampala has granted President Museveni more two weeks to harmonize the ongoing amicable dispute resolution between the board of trustees of the Uganda National Students Association – UNSA and its patron who is president Museveni over the election of the new executive members.

This is after President Museveni asked court for more time to conclude their harmonization resolutions before reporting to court with a detailed and final report.

Agrey Kibenge the under Secretary in the ministry of Education has informed high court judge Musa Sekana that they have already prepared and finalized a mediation report.

And that they met President Museveni on the 17th of August and established that there was an issue that needed more term for resolution im which President Museveni asked for more two weeks to finalize to complete the ongoing negotiations.

This issue is however linked to the 42 million shillings that was embezzled yet it was meant for the students activities yet it was approved by the ministry of education and sports.

And as a result, the patron asked the students to ask court for more time to investigate on how the said budgeted funds were swindled and who actually took it.

A Kyambogo university student Nahwera Ronald petitioned the court seeking to stop the election of a new student’s body leader on grounds that the outgoing UNSA speaker Ongwen Alfred was not eligible to hold the said elections because his term in office had expired on the 31st of December 2018.

And on the 8th of January this year, just Musa Sekana nullified the election of the UNSA executive that was to be held in Mbarara and ordered the board of trustees of the association and its patron to resolve the ongoing dispute and then report back with resolutions that are detailed back to court.

Nahwera is also contesting the fact that Ongwen is not a paid up member for the association and any student who is in a secondary and tertiary institution can be a member of the association with only 2000 fee of subscription.

Just Sekana had advised the halting of the said elections on grounds that the student’s body needed to harmonize many many issues with in their constitution.

Among the issues which the judge observed is the fact that their constitution gave more powers to the speaker than the members and the contradictions in the election of the leaders and term in office among others