BY BRIGHT NIWAHA
Kasese UCU Students’ Association has been crowned winners of the 2016 Cultural Gala. The competition took place on October 15 in Nkoyoyo Hall.
Based on the theme: “Culture for holistic development,” the gala had various activities including folk songs, plays, cultural dress exhibitions, and cultural dance.
The participants were evaluated for timekeeping, relevance, creativity, uniqueness, among others.
A total of 15 cultural groups were involved in the event. These were: the Basamya Bagwe, Banyarwanda, Bamasaba, Bafumbira, Lugbara, Kakwa, Iteso, Banyakigezi, Batooro, Banyankole, Bakonjo, Baganda Nkobazambogo, Acholi, Langi, the Sabiny (Kasotoywo) and the Basoga Nseete.
The Basoga Nseete, the defending champions, were this time round disqualified after it was discovered that they had broken the rules governing participation. Particularly, they fielded a student from outside the UCU community. According to the regulations, nonUCU students are not allowed to be part of the competition, and all participants are expected to present a copy of their valid registration passbook before the gala begins.
The Woman Member of Parliament for Serere District, Ms Alice Alaso, who attended the gala, applauded the university for giving an opportunity to students to discover and grow within their cultures.
“It is important for us as a country to recognise and appreciate each others’ culture. I am not from Kigezi but I almost joined these vigorous dancers on stage because I appreciate the love they put into their culture,” she said.
She added that this cultural diversity is what Uganda needs to tap into instead of wasting a lot of money in patriotism classes.
Also cautioned the students to stay away from negative cultural influences like drug abuse, corruption and homosexuality.
“These vices are targeting the young people but you should always go back to your roots by which you can be identified,” she said.
The Baganda Nkobazambogo came second in the competition.