Parents’ sincerity vital for children

JOHN VIANNEY AHUMUZA Uganda has indeed progressed in embracing universal education. It is interesting that the school-going children have also done tremendous work somehow enabling illiterate parents to grasp a few English words for communication. In some homes, even lower primary school pupils have been used as references for interpretation. This academic wave has also come with new dynamics that need serious attention. For example, in many pre-primary and primary schools, non-boarding pupils are in most cases subjected to daily homework. The assumption of such schools is that parents, guardians…

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Jesus’ lonely road to Calvary

Mark 15.6–47; Isaiah 53.3 It is difficult to imagine one hardship in our common life that Jesus did not suffer! Yet, I think that the most gruelling pain He endured was the all-round rejection, especially during His passion. And we do not think much of it. It is during times of trial that we most need the precious gift of friendship. Isaiah foretold Jesus’ loneliness to the cross of Calvary, “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom…

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The blessing of saving for your prosperity

Comfort Mpiriirwe Tumuhamye is a lecturer at the faculty of business and management in Uganda Christian University and a co-founder of Windel Investment. Through the inspiration of her mother, she developed love for saving when she was a student at the university which has benefitted her family in many ways. The Standard’s Eva Kyomugisha talked to her about this love. “I learnt to save from my mother,” says Comfort Mpiriirwe Tumuhamye. In 2004, while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Procurement and Logistics Management at Kyambogo University, Mpiriirwe decided to start…

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Don’t turn universities into graveyard, students told

BY EMMANUEL OKOT Students intending to join universities and those continuing have been advised to prioritise education and desist from turning institutions of higher learning into academic graveyards. The advice was given by the Country Director of Compassion Uganda, Lenny Mugisha, during the Uganda Christian University (UCU) Pre-Campus Camp 2019 held at the main campus in Mukono in April. Mugisha noted that the university can either be a vineyard or a graveyard and that the power to make a choice between the two is in the students’ hands.  He also…

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UCU don wins Shs18m in defamation case

BY EMMANUEL OKOT Dr Richard Ssembatya has won a defamatory case against a city businessman Hajji Hassan Wasswa Bukenya who had accused him of snatching his wife.   A Magistrate’s  Court in Mengo awarded Dr Ssembatya, the head of the Department of Computing and  Information Technology, Shs18m in general damages and costs. The ruling was delivered on April 25 by the Mengo Chief Magistrate, Patience Lorna Tukundane. According to court, in 2016 Hajji Bukenya alleged that Dr Sembatya snatched his wife Sumayiya Nanyondo, a business-woman selling timber in Bwaise, a…

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DR Congo, UCU to sign MoU in education

BY EMMANUEL OKOT The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) wants to team up with Uganda Christian University to enhance research, staff exchange programmes and the ease of admission of Congolese students to the university. Currently, high-level steps are being taken to see the partnership take effect. In a meeting held in the Principal’s Hall at UCU’s main campus in Mukono last week, Timothee Lemba Munga, the education officer  at the DRC Embassy in Kampala, said his country was interested in partnering with UCU. The UCU team led by the Vice-Chancellor,…

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Matembe lobbies Govt for affirmative action in private universities

BY EMMANUEL OKOT  AND ESTHER BYOONA Former Ethics Minister, Miria Matembe, has asked government to implement affirmative action in private Universities. Matembe said that there is no reason why affirmative action is not implemented in private universities yet and vowed to lobby government to come up with a new policy.  “Private universities do not care about government policies, I am going to fight to my last breath for affirmative action to be implement in private institutions,”  Matembe angrily responded after asking the Director for Student Affairs Olive Ayo Birabi on…

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DOSA ends on a high

EVA KYOMUGISHA A mother and a counsellor were the words used by students to describe the outgoing Director of Student Affairs (DOSA), Olivia Ayo Birabi. The Vice-Chancellor, Dr. John Senyonyi announced last week during the community worship that Birabi would be leaving the university following the expiration of her contract. Mrs. Birabi was hired as the Director of Student Affairs (DOSA) in 2016 making her the first female DOSA at the university. Birabi replaced the Rev. Milton Tweheyo. Birabi says that coming to UCU was a huge change for her,…

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School of Medicine secures land for expansion

BY EMMANUEL OKOT  Uganda Christian University School of Medicine has secured a piece of land on Namirembe hill for its expansion, to create more lecture rooms as students numbers grow. The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Development and External Relation Mr. David Mugawe, revealed this in an interview with The Standard on Wednesday 20th March. Mr. Mugawe said so far, he can confirm that the province of the Church of Uganda has leased land at Namirembe hill, close to the  current location.  “Currently, it’s a tenancy agreement with the province that is…

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Students want universities to reduce guild nomination fees

BY EMMANUEL OKOT AND IVAN TSEBENI Students of Ugandan universities have appealed to institutions  to lower the nomination fees for the guild election, to make politics all inclusive. This plea was made during the Second National Annual Youth Convention held at  the Nkoyoyo Hall on 21st March.  The convention ran under the theme, “Commercialised Electoral Politics as a Barrier to Youth Participation”. “We can’t inclusively participate  in politics when even at our universities, nomination fees are very high,” James Ngobi a second-year student of Bachelors of Law from Makerere University…

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