Students quit Internet over tax

BY FRANCIS EMUKULE The Over The Top (OTT) tax introduced by the Government this financial year has left a big number of students disconnected from the Internet.  Activists, students and scholars attending a recent debate organised by the European Union (EU) delegation in Uganda on Media for Democracy at Uganda Christian University, expressed concern over the new tax and its implications to the youth.  Andrew Gole, one of the panellists noted that, 30 percent of the young people were cut off social media following the introduction of the Shs200 daily…

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Christians urged to support university

BY FRANCIS EMUKULE,  DOUGLAS OLUM & LHWANZU  KITOOKE “Some people are so poor that the only thing they have is their  money. Because they don’t give, they are devoid of God’s grace and abundance.” These were the words of  Reverend Alex Bwambale during the UCU Sunday  service  at All Saints Cathedral Nakasero on September 30. UCU Sunday was  gazetted by the Anglican Church House of Bishops in 2017 as a day when all Anglican Christians gather to pray for and contribute financially to support the university. The 2018 UCU Sunday was…

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I triumphed over HIV stigma, I now stand tall – Miss Y+

FRANCIS EMUKULE At 11 years, Gloria Nawanyaga, a third-year student of Uganda Christian University (UCU) learnt the hard truth that she was HIV positive. However, despite the stigma that soon followed her new discovery, Nawanyaga never gave up on life. Today, she is Miss Y+ (Young Positives), a position that has enabled her restore hope among hundreds of young people living with HIV. She is also an ambassador with Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV. This is her story At 11 years, Nawanyaga, 18 became so curious at…

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Tanzania’s accident awake-up call

  Tanzania and the entire East African region is mourning the enormous loss of human lives when a ferry on Lake Victoria capsized killing most of those on board.  MV Nyerere was carrying 400 people, 300 more in excess of its capacity of 100 people at the time of the accident. Preliminary reports indicate that the accident was caused by overloading the ferry beyond its capacity. This is what happens every day in Uganda, whether on water or road transport. A year ago, I made a trip to Kalangala aboard MV…

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Alumni fundraises for a students activity centre

BY DOUGLAS OLUM The Uganda Christian University Alumni Relations Office and the Alumni Association are organising a fund-raising event to help construct a Students Activity Centre within the university. The event dubed, “UCU Alumni Meet,” is targeted at bringing together all graduates of UCU on Thursday October 25. It will be held at the Archbishop’s Palace in Namirembe between 6:00 to 8:30 and hosted by the Archbishop, Stanley Ntagali, who is both Chancellor and UCU alumnus, under the theme, “Building UCU.” Patrobas Wafula, the speaker of the Alumni Association, said…

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Student in jail over rape of first-year girl

BY DOUGLAS OLUM A Uganda Christian University second-year student of Business Information Technology has been arrested on allegation of raping a first-year student. Ignatius Nimusiima, 22 allegedly took the first-year girl to his hostel under the guise of escorting her to her hostel through the dark after the Freshers Ball on the night of Friday September 28. In her statement recorded at the UCU Police Station, the girl whose identity we are not disclosing for protection purposes, said she was frightened to walk alone back to her hostel which is…

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Christians urged to support university

BY FRANCIS EMUKULE,  DOUGLAS OLUM & LHWANZU  KITOOKE “Some people are so poor that the only thing they have is their  money. Because they don’t give, they are devoid of God’s grace and abundance.” These were the words of Reverend Alex Bwambale during the UCU Sunday  service  at All Saints Cathedral Nakasero on September 30. UCU Sunday was  gazetted by the Anglican Church House of Bishops in 2017 as a day when all Anglican Christians gather to pray for and contribute financially to support the university. The 2018 UCU Sunday was…

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Students quit Internet over tax

BY FRANCIS EMUKULE The Over The Top (OTT) tax introduced by the Government this financial year has left a big number of students disconnected from the Internet.  Activists, students and scholars attending a recent debate organised by the European Union (EU) delegation in Uganda on Media for Democracy at Uganda Christian University, expressed concern over the new tax and its implications to the youth.  Andrew Gole, one of the panellists noted that, 30 percent of the young people were cut off social media following the introduction of the Shs200 daily…

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Guild organises 2018/19 elections

BY DOUGLAS OLUM Students at Uganda Christian University are warming up for the guild elections for this academic year. The guild Electoral Commission Secretary for Publicity, Morris Twinamatsiko, disclosed this during the freshers ball held at the basketball courts on Friday, September 28, saying that the process would start in October. The upcoming elections will see students choose a new Guild President and Members of Parliament for the faculties of Science and Technology, Business, Law, Journalism, Media and Communication. They will also elect representatives for the School of Medicine, Social…

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Chinese university in talks with UCU

BY DOUGLAS OLUM A Chinese university in the capital Beijing is seeking to partner with Uganda Christian University (UCU) in research, technological incubation and capacity development. Officials from Tsinghua University led by Uganda’s Deputy Ambassador to China, Henry Mayega, approached UCU administrators on Monday October 1 to ask for the partnership. In a meeting held in the Principal’s Hall at UCU main campus in Mukono, and attended by the Vice-Chancellor, Dr John Senyonyi, his two deputies and the deans of faculties, he asked Tsinghua to avail UCU with their draft…

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