BY ELIJAH TWINOMUHWEZI
The newly elected Guild President for Bishop Barham University College (BBUC), Jacob Ampeire and his guild officials have been sworn in.
The handover ceremony, held in the university’s multi-purpose hall on November 27, saw Ampeire, the guild representatives, councillors and the newly appointed ministers take oath before the guest of honour, Lt Col Henry Matsiko, also commissioner for Patriotism Clubs in Uganda, President’s Office.
Lt Col Matsiko called upon the new team of leaders to serve the university to the best of their ability as they improve their intellectual capacity.
“I appeal to the new guild president and his ministers to create a students’ platform that will allow them deepen their knowledge in the area of ideological aspects,” Matsiko said.
He cited the Israelites who spent an unnecessarily long time on their way to the Promised Land because of ideological differences.
“This should not be the same for the new guild government. I thus call upon all students to embrace patriotism by being great lovers of your country in particular, and the East African Community as a whole.”
The BBUC Principal, Dr Medard Rugyendo, thanked the outgoing guild government for a job well done and for having been able to handle student issues amicably. He advised Ampeire and his ministers to work towards developing BBUC as opposed to receiving free allowances only.
“The former government worked closely with the administration and registered success. You should emulate them,” Rugyendo said.
The outgoing guild president, Ambrose Atamba, thanked the student body for voting for him in 2015, and added that his one year in leadership has given him a chance to serve and contribute to the university’s status.
“I urge my successor to work hard in developing BBUC.”
He outlined his administration’s achievements as: buying of chapel drums, finishing the paving of the volleyball court, renovating the guild offices and advocating for new mass communication student cameras.
Ampeire on his part promised to serve the BBUC community, and improve its welfare.
“We are called to serve and this must be service above self like our campaign slogan said. We promise to serve this community in unity,” he said.
The new guild government has Rev Hope Mfitimukiza as vice president; Precious Atuzarirwe as minister of finance, Pamela Nasasira as minister in charge of the presidency; and Michael Kwarikunda Mbareba is the guild speaker.