VC urges against defaming UCU

BY EMMANUEL OKOT The Vice Chancellor of Uganda Christian University has urged staff members to desist from joining enemies of the institution in slandering and negatively criticising it. Dr. John Senyonyi appealed to staff to exercise maximum restraint and responsibility when representing the university during interaction with outsiders. “Some people might be criticising the university because they don’t have full information. Joining them to criticize or slander it is in itself a way of actually shooting yourself in the foot,” Dr. Senyonyi said. He made the remarks on Friday, August…

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Top schools dominate 2019 UCU admissions

BY MARIA EYORU Top schools in the country have taken a lion’s share on Uganda Christian University’s (UCU) 2019 students admission list. The list, released by the admissions office last week, shows that the top schools especially those in the central region competed neck and neck in sending students to UCU. According to the list seen by The Standard, Namirembe Hillside sent the biggest number of students (94) to UCU, followed by St. Mary’s SS Kitende (90), St. Mary’s SS Kitende Annex (79), Seeta High School Mukono (76), Uganda Martyrs…

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My experience at Bayimba festival

STANDARD WRITER Getting to Lunkulu Island in Mukono District is not as easy as one might hope. One has to go through forests, cross over bridges and in some routes even use a ferry across Lake Victoria before arriving. Yet over 2,000 people made the trip. The line-up was enticing from the get-go. Izaya, Kenneth Mugabi, Apio Moro, Sandra Nankoma and Sandra Suubi were just a few of the entertainers scheduled to provide the soundtrack to the festival. (Izaya and Sandra Nankoma are both UCU alumni). None of them disappointed.…

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Thriving with faith in the UK

By Sarah Lagot Odwong Graduate school was always a childhood dream. A Master’s degree. Perhaps several Master’s degrees. And a PhD, that is Dr. Sarah Lagot Odwong, has quite a punchy ring to it. The academic designation adds power to tell the story of hope. From a simple, dusty Barjere village in the throes of recovery after over two decades of civil war in Northern Uganda, beauty could rise from the ashes. More importantly, young women who shared my background could see that they could achieve anything. They could paint…

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Alcoholism: Story of one man’s triumph

Belletti, also known as Joel Mubangizi, was a student of Uganda Christian University from 2012, until he graduated this year. He overcame an over-a-decade-long alcohol addiction that saw him attend 10 secondary schools before coming to university. He speaks to The Standard’s Benezeri Wanjala about his journey. Joel Mubangizi, better known by his peers as Belleti, graduated on July 5 after spending seven years at university. Before that, he went to eight or 10 secondary schools- even he cannot remember the exact number. The list of his former schools includes:…

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Abstinence is still outstanding

FRANK OBONYO The multi-national organisations, which I call ‘Bulldozers of Africa, are at it again! According to one of the dailies, an official of the United Nations Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has asked nations to stop preaching abstinence to teenagers because it is “not practical.” The agency’s HIV and Health Education Advisor for Eastern and Southern Africa, Ms Patricia Machawira, said the “majority” of the teenagers are sexually active, adding that it is high time governments stopped “wasting time” preaching abstinence but focus on promoting safe sex. I appreciate the fact…

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‘Team Royals’ lost the battle but won the war

One of the most outstanding concepts for consolidating UCU staff cohesion was the recently concluded Staff Day competitions. The whole exercise started with a phone call I received from the Directorate of Human Resource office that my name was proposed to be the male captain for the first UCU core value of Christ-centredness and our brand name was “The Royals”. Our theme colour was to be forever “Purple” which all branded later as “bishops colour”. Our team manager was to be Mr David Bukenya and the female captain, Mrs Anita…

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The Christian life of brokenness

If we drop a piece of chalk on the floor, it crumbles into pieces. However, a piece of rubber band reshapes without losing a piece. The difference is in ‘reshaping’, or the ability to accept being reshaped. This is the principle of brokenness, the readiness or willingness to be reshaped. The East African Revival made brokenness (okumenyeka in Luganda) central to its teaching. As my wife now and I discussed our future before marriage, we placed on the table the number of children we each desired to have. I wanted…

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Nyegenye: The first female provost of CoU

All Saints’ Cathedral, Kampala, recently installed Can. Rebecca Nyegenye as its provost, becoming the first woman to occupy the office in Uganda. But before assuming the office, she served as a chaplain at Uganda Christian University (UCU) for nearly 20 years. The Standard’s Benezeri Wanjala talked to Can. Nyegenye about her life and work: What role do you think God has put you in this position to play? Some of the things will be unveiled as I continue. I asked myself the very question. There is a job description availed…

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Chaplaincy’s Kimera goes to US mission

PATTY HOUSTON-HOLM Rev. Amos Kimera is aware of how alcohol, technology, materialism and peer pressure get in the way of a life fully committed to Christ. He has seen that in his 36 years of growing up and working in Uganda. He knows such temptations are greater in developed countries. In early September, when moving with his family to the United States, Rev. Amos expressed hope to play a small role in turning that around. The Uganda Christian University (UCU) assistant chaplain accepted an offer to study at Gordon-Conwell Theological…

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