Mbale campus’ first graduation ceremony

The Vice Chancellor, Dr John Senyonyi hands over an award to a first-class student during the ceremony. (Photo by Doreen Kajeru)

BY DOREEN KAJERU Mbale University College has held its first graduation ceremony. The function, held on November 18, was the fourth part of the 17th graduation of Uganda Christian University   (UCU). The  campus  was elevated to constituent college status last February. The university constitution allows a constituent college to hold graduation ceremonies. The graduation was held at the campus’ premises, presided over by the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda and Chancellor of Uganda Christian University, the Most Rev Stanley Ntagali. The Archbishop congratulated the graduates upon completing thier…

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Walk the talk

(On The Shelves)

BY BRIGHT NIWAHA Pioneer students graduating from the Muungwana Leadership Mentoring Programme under the African Youth Leadership Forum (AYLF), have been called upon to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, and walk their talk. The challenge was made by the co-founder, patron and mentor of AYLF, Tim Kreutter, while presiding over the leadership’s mentoring programme graduation on November 25 in Principal’s Hall. Kreutter stressed that through the training, young people are equipped with skills on working to bring love, healing and reconciliation across all the…

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Ampeire confirmed BBUC guild chief

(On The Shelves)

BY ELIJAH TWINOMUHWEZI Following an election petition that was filed by David Kule Nzerembende, one of the losing candidates for the 2016 Bishop Barham University College (BBUC) guild presidential elections, the college’s Elections Tribunal has ruled in favour of Jacob Ampeire. Kule had petitioned the Electoral Commission on grounds that voters who were not students had cast ballots in favour of Ampeire. Backed by 160 students, on November 16 he protested the election result that had declared Ampeire the new guild president. The tribunal in its ruling said Jacob Ampeire…

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Playing by the rules is media freedom

(On The Shelves)

By Gertrude Too-rom The Chairperson of the Media Council of Uganda, Mr Paul Ekochu, has said that the presence of media freedom does not exclude journalists from playing by the rules of the state. “Part of exercising freedom is the ability to adhere to the rules set by the state. “This means that it is the duty of the media to maintain law and order as they perform their role,” he said. During a lecture organized for the third-year students of mass communication department on September 15 at UCU, Mukono,…

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Tense: Kinavudori strikes but Lady Cardinals lose at home in thriller against Kawempe Muslim

Lady Cardinals’ Jackie Nakasi (R) reacts after missing a goal against Kawempe Muslim (Photo By Ronald Awany)

BY FRED HIDULA After convincingly winning their two opening away-fixtures by beating Buikwe 2-0 and Western United 5-0, UCU Lady Canons were upset by defending champions Kawempe Muslim Secondary School, who defeated them 1-2, on November 26 at the new pitch. Two first-half goals from Juliet Nalukenge and Sharon Apon sealed the visitor’s win, as they dominated ball possession, with the home side only managing one shot on target and fruitless attacks. Coach Tony Membe’s side then came back fighting in the second half, enabling skipper Maureen Kinavudori to strike…

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Mucurezi earns Cranes call

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BY FRED HIDULA Paul Mucurezi (aka Mucu), an almnus of UCU now playing for KCCA FC has received his first call to the national team, the Cranes. Coach Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic has selected a provisional team consisting of 24 players, ahead of the 2017 AFCON finals in Gabon. Other players include Tusker FC left back Shafik Batambuze and Gor Mahia’s Godfrey Walusimbi, former Gor Mahia and now Vietnam-based midfielder Geoffrey Baba Kizito. Mucurezi played for UCU in the 2014 East African Games before moving on to KCCA. This makes him…

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Lady Canons stumble

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BY STAFF WRITER UCU Lady Canons once again blew the chance to stretch their series lead over KCCA Leopards in Game 4 of the Pepsi National Basketball League playoffs final on November, 30 at YMCA. KCCA, who are four-time champions, were 2-0 down to a more inexperienced Lady Cardinals before levelling the game 2-2. The Lady Cardinals took charge of the first quarter 21-15 with Sarah Ageno, Ritah Imanishimwe and Vilma Achieng steering their side. Prior to Game 4 on Wednesday, KCCA coach Timothy Odeke wanted his side to defend…

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Team UCU set for East Africa University Games in Nairobi

Will the Lady Canons retain the title? (Photo by Ronald Awany)

BY FRED HIDULA Over 12 Uganda Christian University (UCU) teams are set to compete at this year’s East Africa University Games from December 17-21 at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi. The probable list of teams meant to represent the university include; volleyball (men and women), athletics, badminton, chess, taekwondo, netball, tennis, rugby, wood ball, basketball (men and women). The other teams that are not yet confirmed are football (men and women), swimming, handball among others. The team’s will depart on the December  14. UCU finished third overall…

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Best wishes in New Year

(Cartoon by Stuart M)

It seems like yesterday when we were turning our calenders to 2016. Now the last issue of The Standard for this year is here! To the students who are starting their exams, our prayers are with you, for we know that your hard work will soon pay off. Those who made grave mistakes of not preparing well thus far, it is never too late. As long as you have not yet entered that examination room, there is still a chance to make amends. Read up on what you can in…

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Tribal loyalty should never replace reason

BY MARVIN KUSHABA Tribalism can be defined as the state or fact of being organised along tribal lines, showing loyalty to a tribe or other social group, especially when combined with strong negative feelings for people outside that particular group. While there is nothing wrong with identifying with and being proud of one’s tribe, the danger is that extremism often causes pervasive behaviour, which readily overrides our thinking and reasoning. A number of inhuman, atrocious and irrational decisions have been taken by individuals and leaders over the years, in the…

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