Speaker elected, president sworn in

By Sam Wakhakha, :: 10-04-2012

Stanslaus Okello swearing in

The new guild speaker is Mr Stanislaus Okello.
A second year student of law, Okello beat two other contenders in a secret ballot election held on March 29 and was sworn in immediately.

He got 14 votes, followed by Tophus Muhabwe (LLLB III) with 12, and David Nangosi (LLB III) who got 6.
Speaking after the election, Okello promised to ensure harmony between parliament and other organs of the guild government.
He thanked the electorate for giving him the mandate to represent them and promised to stand by them always.
“I want to thank all students, including those who voted for me and those who did not. I promise that I am going to work hand-in-hand with the executive. I am going to make sure that the will of the students is represented,” he said.
 Before the session, it was hard to predict who would win between Okello and  Muhabwe. They were all armed with fine oratory and enticing language.
Each of the two dug up their past leadership experiences to woo the members of parliament to their side.
Muhabwe said he had the capability to pilot the house because he had been head prefect at Ntare School and was among the founders of the Young Achievers Award which recently hosted President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. His calm demeanour and ability to present himself as a gentleman gave Okello a run for his money.
Okello, on the other hand, laboured to tell the whole world that he was a prominent talk show host in eastern Uganda. He quoted an incident that was reported in the Daily Monitor of 1 January 2012 when the Minister of Relief and Disaster Preparedness, Mr Musa Ecweru, stormed a talk show he was hosting on Kyoga Veritas FM in Soroti. The minister wanted, Julius Ocen, former Amuria district LC V chairperson and  one of the panelists on Okello’s show, arrested for defaming him.
These pieces of information later became a basis upon which the MPs asked questions and later voted depending on the way each of the candidates answered.
Question smiths, who are not MPs, were also stationed in the gallery to make sure they passed on chits which had questions they thought would pin down these candidates.
Okello hails from the new district of Ngora in eastern Uganda. He was born in 1988 in Yugoslavia where his mother was pursuing a master’s degree in agriculture. He came to Uganda when he was 8 years. He went to Teso College Aloet for his secondary education before joining Uganda Christian University to study law. His parents are now retired. He does part time journalism with Kyoga Veritas FM in eastern Uganda. He takes over from Nish Kihangire, the outgoing speaker.
Meanwhile, David Nangosi, who failed to go through for the position of speaker, was later elected deputy speaker.
Relatedly, Emmanuel Wabwire was on Thursday 29 March   sworn in as guild president during the Community Hour. MPs were also sworn in during the same service.
In a short speech after swearing in, Wabwire pledged to work-hand-in hand with the administration in making the university better. He however remains tight-lipped about the cabinet. He had by press time not announced anything.


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