how relevant is or are the guild presidents to national politics? Why have political parties vested a lot of time in student politics that over time strikes a dead end?
•They don’t mobilize students into national political party activities and neither do they set up patriotic and nationalistic fellowships in universities.
Do we have them as just prestige that the guild president of KYU or Muk is NUP? And so what? This has now lost meaning! Besides most of these guild presidents leave power with completely no reputation; they leave having secretly misled GRCs into working with state agents like Salim Saleh. For example the #FMF military compensations in Makerere. Where students leaders were blinded into selling a common cause to Salim Saleh in the name of compensation. I up to now still wonder why one would be compensated during a war.
Leaving that aside, Makerere University for decades has been the epitome of activism not only at home but across Africa. Between 1978-86 Makerere University students joined the Sam Nujoma and South West African Patriotic Organisation to demonstrate against the brutality of the racist South African police in Colonial Namibia. In the early ’80s students protested the overthrow of former Vice-chancellor Yusuf Lule’s president. This spirit of activism is dying out. The guild presidents think they only have a task of winning and campaigning for guild presidents in different institutions yet we expect them to lead the mobilization of their parties in universities.
That’s why the NRM has branded herself the Pan African party in Makerere. The student community makes the largest percentage of Uganda’s youths. However, the students’ fraternity is misguided on her role in this struggle. Many of my colleagues are locked in the thought of a day’s meal of which offered by anyone, he is the song of that day and tomorrow will have a different fate!