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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University staff arrested, charged over food theft

BY DOUGLAS OLUM At least three members of staff of Uganda Christian University (UCU) have been arrested and charged with theft. The trio, who are casual labourers at the dining hall, are: Emmanuel Mwesigwa (cook), Juma Kyaterekera (netball coach and former kitchen staff) and Joseph Banamwita (kitchen mini-store keeper). According to security sources, Mwesigwa, Kyaterekera and Mathias Emillo were found in illegal possession of a 50-kilo bag of rice, a 20-litre jerrycan of cooking oil and 12 dressed chicken. The items are suspected to have been stolen from the kitchen…

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School of Medicine tasked with ethics

By Douglas Olum As Uganda Christian University (UCU) launched its new School of Medicine recently, it has been tasked to produce doctors with ethics and integrity. The Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda,  made this call during the School launch onFriday September 14 at the Archbishop’s Gardens in Namirembe. Rugunda revealed that many universities were graduating medical doctors every year, but that the questions of ethics and integrity remain a big challenge. “In spite of the huge number of medical doctors we are already producing, Uganda is still greatly underserved in terms of…

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Mbabazi makes bucks in bricks

Francis Emukule Sharon Mbabazi is the new talk of campus and the nation although not like Bad Black (the slay queen).  Mababazi has become famous for laying bricks. Brick laying in Uganda is a men’s job. The third child in a family of five, Mbabazi comes from Masooli village in Gayaza Division. She has been laying bricks for the last eight years to meet her school dues and other needs. This job has earned her not only fame but she takes pride in the mud from which she mints money.…

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