Independent candidate Papa Were Salim yesterday became the 84th guild president of Makerere University.
The Veterinary Medicine student beat 14 other candidates to race to the guild seat. He was closely followed by arch-rival and Democratic Party candidate Edward Ssemakula Kinene, who polled 2267 votes against Papa Were’s 3202.
Mak Vice Chancellor Barnabas Nawangwe congratuled Papa Were upon his victory. He also called upon the rest of the contestants to support the new guild president.
“ I congratulate Mr. Salim Were upon being elected the next Guild President of the Great Makerere University. I look forward to working with Mr. Were to lift Makerere to greater heights,” Nawangwe said.
“I call upon the other contestants to support Mr. Were in his new role so that together we make Mak greater,” he added.
Papa Were anchored his ambition last year when he marched to parliament with his mattress in protest against the lifting of the age limit clause from the constitution.
The Nsibirwa Hall resident was however intercepted at the parliament gates and his one-man march was erased from it’s continuation and he was thrown behind bars. This marked the beginning of his popularity at Makerere University.
Papa Were has been campaigning in red overalls while holding the national flag, similar to the current style by Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine.