Selection Process of GRC Sole Candidate By Chemical Engineers: What Exactly Happened.
In Immediate response to the stories that have been running around about the whole Process of Sole Candidature, we as the Association feel that its part of our duty and obligation to let the whole fraternity of Chemical Engineering Students know of what exactly transpired before the Candidate was Announced. Since its in line with Our Core Values and mentioned in Our Constitution Article 2 Section 2 that
“As the Association, We are always obligated to at all times up holding full openness to our members, partners and beneficiaries with respect to our Processes, Operations, Actions and Outcomes”
Origin of GRC Sole Candidature for Chemical Engineering Students:
This followed the a resolution that was reached in the 12th meeting of the 2nd Parliament of Chemical Engineers-Kyambogo University that
“Under clear and vivid scrutiny, a sole candidate will always be chosen. First by consensus amongst the Candidates who would have declared intention or by undertaking primaries incases where the Incumbents would have disagreed to come to an ultimate decision of who to forward for Sole Candidature”
With this in mind therefore, as an Umbrella for Chemical Engineers in the University, we proceeded with the whole Process.
How the Process Transpired
The very first step that was taken was to reach out to Chemical Engineering Students and inform them of our Intention of parading a Sole Candidate from one of our very own, which was successful. (Much as BSc Chem 1 claimed not to have received prior information about this matter, we are positive that the majority of Chemical Engineers with in the Fraternity did) With Apologies
The Candidates who declared intentions of the Position submitted their names to the Association’s Executive Committee which then later arranged for their meeting shortly after for them to reach a consensus.
On 3rd March 2016 at 4pm G.M.T, the Aspiring candidates sat in a meeting and agreed to disagree with any of them standing. However with the pulse of the Issue a resolution was reached by all that
‘They would Forward and Second Hon Miiro Eddy ( BSc Chem Eng III) as a Candidate of their Interest much as HE WAS NOT ORIGINALLY AMONG THE CANDIDATES’ an Idea to which the Association agreed upon.
Amidst his Projects, the appointed Candidate Hon Miiro Eddy was contacted and given the communication about what had transpired in the meeting. Having been part of the Association’s Executive, he readily understood and accepted and hence forth he decided to hold the flag of Sole Candidature.
With all this done however a little contradiction was succumbed in the proceeding days.
A few weeks after the announcement, another BSc Chem Engineering Year 1 Student and Class Coordinator Hon Lubuulwa Cosmas declared intention to stand for GRC Faculty of Science the same seat to which a Sole Candidate had been preliminarily voted. On hearing this, the Executive arranged for a Meeting with him, however in his words he decided NOT to stand down with claims of not have known about Sole candidature.
Thanks be to God that this was at a time when nominations had not been done and so there was still a gap for negotiation. Necessary measures were taken and even meetings with both the Candidates taken and done. However ALL THESE ENDED IN VAIN.
The Final Appointment was set up slated on the 15th March 2016, 10:00am GMT with the Chemical Engineering Students’ Patron where a meeting comprising of ‘The 2 Candidates, The Patron and The President’ was to be held to ensure that contradicting Issue would be solved through the two candidates i.e. Hon Miiro Eddy and Hon Lubuulwa Cosmas reach a consensus. This was however not held. Reason: ‘Hon Lubuulwa Cosmas said he had a Lecture to attend to and he couldn’t dare miss it’. Much as Hon Miiro Eddy also had a Lecture at this very time, by 10:00am he was already right outside the Office of the Patron.
(This left questions in the minds of many that: Since most Guild meetings are held during Lecture times, will Hon Lubuulwa Cosmas be able to actively represent them without saying he had to attend to a Lecture instead? And that Isn’t it Self centeredness to attend a personal lecture and miss a meeting that discusses about issues concerning the people you would like to represent? )
This marked the end of Executive’s bid for negotiations. The Executive therefore decided to carry on with its decision it had made earlier on to stick to the Legal Process of the Sole Candidate.
The Association therefore takes this opportunity to inform the general fraternity of Chemical engineering Students – Kyambogo University that Hon Miiro Eddy is the Sole Candidate for whom we advocate for.