UCU community embarks on anti-corruption fight

BY MARION BAMEKA The overwhelming corruption indices among young people have forced Uganda Christian University (UCU) on journey to combat this vice. Martin Kizito, the head of department of Public Administration and Governance, told The Standard that the university council on May 25, 2017 resolved that UCU will hold an annual anti-corruption week to condemn the vice. The department of Public Administration will spearhead the campaign. “The idea of the council is that as a Christian university we should not burry our heads in the ground and pretend that corruption…

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Guild officials attend leadership conference

BY CLINTON TUMANYE Guild officials have attended a leadership conference that ran from January 4 to 7 at the main campus in Mukono. However only Guild leaders from the main and Kampala campuses attended. Different facilitators conducted diverse sessions aimed at improving the quality of young leaders. During the conference, the student leaders were sensitised on how to execute guild responsibilities effectively. Bridget Mugasira, the female warden at UCU main campus educated the students on various leadership attributes. Mugasira said, “Leaders should have a vision, ambition and positive values.” She…

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National Council commends progress on Medical School

BY FRANCIS EMUKULE The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has commended Uganda Christian University for meeting most of the prerequisites for a medical school. While inspecting the site of the school in Mengo, a team from NCHE noted that UCU had progressed well in trying to achieve its goal. Dr Innocent Besigye, a lecturer at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences who was part of the team, noted that there was progress in almost all the aspects in terms of infrastructure, human resources and ICT. “I think we…

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Expelled students celebrate victory against university

BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT AND AGATHA MUTEBI In a historic twist of events, two students of Uganda Christian University (UCU) have become the first applicants to win a court case against the university. The students, Simon Semuwemba and Yasin Sentumbwe, petitioned the High Court in Mukono in 2016 against their dismissal. This had been purportedly executed by the Students’ Disciplinary Committee in an expulsion letter by the Vice Chancellor on April 19, 2016. The resolution had been passed on May 5 and 16, respectively. However, the court’s findings were that the…

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UCU students win regional film awards

Yvonne Bageire and John Cliff Wamala pose for a picture with their awards (Courtesy photo)

BY ELIZABETH NAKIRU Uganda Christian University (UCU) students on Saturday, November 11, won two awards at the inaugural East African Student Film Festival (EASFF) in Nairobi, Kenya. John Cliff Wamala won the award for Best Director (Non-fiction)while the team of 15 Mass Communication students who represented the university won Best Feature Film award. The students’ production portrayed the life of the Batwa of south-western Uganda; ironsmith work in Katwe, a Kampala suburb; and Akampene, a punishment island on Lake Bunyonyi. Joel Kwizera was nominated for Best Male Actor; Tracy Kirabo…

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Are you taking enough water?

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BY FRANCIS EMUKULE “Our bodies contain 60 percent of water and 80 percent  of  our muscle  contains water meaning we are almost entirely water;”  says Ivan Mwase a nutritionist at Uganda Christian University. He also recommends  that at least  in a day, a normal person should take 3 to 4 glasses of water which is about a litre of water every day. Now this is not rocket science in which you have to  invest a lot of  time and money. This is  a very simple thing to do for our…

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Count the cost of pornography

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The Anti-Pornography Act 2014 received mixed reactions from Ugandans. Some said it was a waste of time; others were angry at such interference with their ‘freedom’. Generally, the vice has gained social acceptance and many view it simply as harmless fun. Nicholas Opolot and Francis Emukule take stock of the dangers of pornography and how it is ruining the lives of many. Anecdotal evidence shows that the Internet and mainstream media are the major purveyors of pornography in Uganda. With just a click of the mouse or access to a…

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University security now tight

The UCU security has been tightened at the university gates after a terrorism threat (Photo by Marion Bameka)

According to the DPC Mukono Police Station, Rogers Seguya, the Uganda Christian University (UCU) security department may need to tighten up on measures to ensure the safety of the university community. “Following the terrorist threats that are faced by the community lately, yesterday (September 11) I tried to cross-check with the security at the campus gates and I was disappointed on discovering that it is not as tight as I thought it should be,” said Seguya. “I wanted to see how serious the university security is. So I sent through…

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Freshers cautioned on dress code

DOSA chooses her best dressed students during the Fresher’s Ball (Photo by Joel Osekeny)

The Director of Students Affairs (DOSA), Mrs Olive Ayo Birabi, met with guild officials and emphasized the dress code especially for first-year students. As the freshers prepared for their ball, Mrs Birabi said that some minimum standards were agreed upon, which the guild officials communicated to the new students. “Specifically, the students should desist from wearing short dresses or skirts, and very tight pants for the girls,” she said. During the induction lunch that took place on September 21, Birabi spoke about the accepted dress code at Uganda Christian University.…

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HIV fight highlighted

Students from Makerere and hosts UCU pose for a picture during the UNAIDS event at the IUC building (Photo by Edwin Alecho)

TBY NICHOLAS OPOLOT The John Sentamu Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law has hosted an HIV legal clinic in partnership with the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and UNAIDS. Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Karusa Kiriagu, Uganda’s country representative of UNAIDS, said that there is need to transform the treatment of HIV to make it manageable. “The Government should take reasonable measures to eliminate HIV/AIDS along with the help of civil society organizations and other stakeholders. “We need to broker relationships and the capacity to fight HIV to create…

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