Court objections no cause for excitement

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The ongoing court case between two expelled university students and the university, over a student trike held, should not bring business to a standstill in our institution. It is probably an exciting event and time for the students, but it is not a final verdict in this case, and the ruling initially makes way for the court application and hearing to commence. Whatever the final verdict will be, time will tell. An incident like this is definitely detrimental to the image of the university, and it takes time, effort and…

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Are we fighting the right battle on corruption?

(Cartoon by Mwijuka Stuart)

Clare Cheromoi During the State of the Nation address by President Museveni on 7 June 2017, fighting corruption was highlighted again, as it has been over the years. The challenge of corruption to Uganda’s progress and service delivery was also emphasized by the Minister of Finance, Mr Matia Kasaija, during the Budget Speech. What is clear in both the President’s and the finance minister’s speeches, is that corruption is a cancer that needs to be tackled. The question that puzzles many is why corruption has persisted despite the numerous anti-corruption…

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Why the VC visits various departments

BY CALEB TUGUMETWINAMATSIKO The uniqueness of Uganda Christian University (UCU) is exhibited in various ways and the vice chancellor’s visits to all departments, both academic and administrative, is one of those. Having completed my undergraduate studies without interacting with my faculty dean, leave alone the vice chancellor, it was inconceivable to me that the vice chancellor would be interested in visiting all the departments in the university, amidst a characteristically busy schedule. It was during my postgraduate training that I occasionally saw my vice chancellor, partly because even though I was…

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Ugandans must be concerned about debt financing

BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT The 2017/18 Budget Speech of Uganda read on 8 June indicated that our country’s debt burden now stands at US$8.7 billion (Shs28 trillion)! For the coming financial year alone, about Shs14 trillion (12 percent of the budget) has been earmarked for debt financing, which obviously sounds alien to many Ugandans. It is absurd to note that most of us are not bothered by such statistics and even the dignitaries that attended the event found comfort in napping through the entire budget reading process. However, whether we nap…

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You are as good as your subordinate

 BY CONNIE MUSISI In my recent visit to one company, I overheard a supervisor complain with colleagues about their subordinates. “Who does she think she is? I would rather supervise 30 men than this one woman,” she whined! She went on with her long list of complaints, “She does not realize that she is incompetent and she always responds with ‘I don’t understand this procedure’ when given a task. Since I did not recruit her, let those who hired her, fire her. Who told her that every Tom, Dick and…

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Magicians too yearn for divine intervention

In the Book of Acts 8:9-24, a story is told of a man named Simon Magus who had practised sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. Scripture reveals that he had continuously boasted of his greatness, and everyone paid attention to him and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.” Scripture further reveals that when Phillip arrived in the city baptizing people, Simon Magus too believed and was baptized. When the apostles in Jerusalem later learnt that the people in Samaria had…

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The journalism of survival over value

A trip to the eastern Uganda district of Tororo over the Easter holidays came for me with a lot of lessons into the state of the media in the country today. During my short stay there I interacted with journalists on several occasions, especially at the local radio stations. Most times, their stories were full of grievances;.“Can you believe I earn Shs 250,000 a month yet I pay rent, have a wife and two children…?” “We work so much yet earn so little; “We are being exploited.” Do you know…

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Avoid chronic weaknesses at work

A story is told of a teacher who often turned in students’ results late.    When he was asked for the reason behind this habit, the man simply said that his charisma could only sustain marking one student’s script per day! This might sound strange but it is possible for people to only do work piecemeal daily, even though our innate strength can enable us to go the extra mile and accomplish much. One way to tackle the possibility of not putting in only the minimum effort into our work…

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Twenties are your gold mine

ALX TAREMWA

BY ALEX TAREMWA I had never been to the Source of the Nile until last weekend. I always heard about the spot that caught British explorer John Speke’s eye to pronounce with certainty  — that the world’s  second longest river started there. It is here that I met Joseph, a tourism and travel agent, who had brought clients from Rwanda to see the majestic spot. Having met before, I joined him and his guests for lunch. During our lunch an interesting encounter took place. A 23-year-old man from Kigali, barely…

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Co-operate with the road construction company

(Photo by Bright Niwaha)

The first phase of the road construction begun on April 9. The Uganda Christian University community has waited for the commencement of this project, for years. For that reason there is excitement about the fact that the mud and dust will soon be a thing of the past. In the process of construction, however, we should all expect noise from the machinery, road diversions and other inconveniences as the project goes on. The construction is expected to take four months. This means that the construction is expected to end in…

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