Tanzania’s accident awake-up call

  Tanzania and the entire East African region is mourning the enormous loss of human lives when a ferry on Lake Victoria capsized killing most of those on board.  MV Nyerere was carrying 400 people, 300 more in excess of its capacity of 100 people at the time of the accident. Preliminary reports indicate that the accident was caused by overloading the ferry beyond its capacity. This is what happens every day in Uganda, whether on water or road transport. A year ago, I made a trip to Kalangala aboard MV…

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Alumni fundraises for a students activity centre

BY DOUGLAS OLUM The Uganda Christian University Alumni Relations Office and the Alumni Association are organising a fund-raising event to help construct a Students Activity Centre within the university. The event dubed, “UCU Alumni Meet,” is targeted at bringing together all graduates of UCU on Thursday October 25. It will be held at the Archbishop’s Palace in Namirembe between 6:00 to 8:30 and hosted by the Archbishop, Stanley Ntagali, who is both Chancellor and UCU alumnus, under the theme, “Building UCU.” Patrobas Wafula, the speaker of the Alumni Association, said…

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Christians urged to support university

BY FRANCIS EMUKULE,  DOUGLAS OLUM & LHWANZU  KITOOKE “Some people are so poor that the only thing they have is their  money. Because they don’t give, they are devoid of God’s grace and abundance.” These were the words of Reverend Alex Bwambale during the UCU Sunday  service  at All Saints Cathedral Nakasero on September 30. UCU Sunday was  gazetted by the Anglican Church House of Bishops in 2017 as a day when all Anglican Christians gather to pray for and contribute financially to support the university. The 2018 UCU Sunday was…

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Students quit Internet over tax

BY FRANCIS EMUKULE The Over The Top (OTT) tax introduced by the Government this financial year has left a big number of students disconnected from the Internet.  Activists, students and scholars attending a recent debate organised by the European Union (EU) delegation in Uganda on Media for Democracy at Uganda Christian University, expressed concern over the new tax and its implications to the youth.  Andrew Gole, one of the panellists noted that, 30 percent of the young people were cut off social media following the introduction of the Shs200 daily…

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Chinese university in talks with UCU

BY DOUGLAS OLUM A Chinese university in the capital Beijing is seeking to partner with Uganda Christian University (UCU) in research, technological incubation and capacity development. Officials from Tsinghua University led by Uganda’s Deputy Ambassador to China, Henry Mayega, approached UCU administrators on Monday October 1 to ask for the partnership. In a meeting held in the Principal’s Hall at UCU main campus in Mukono, and attended by the Vice-Chancellor, Dr John Senyonyi, his two deputies and the deans of faculties, he asked Tsinghua to avail UCU with their draft…

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Mbabazi makes bucks in bricks

Mbabazi sharon making bricks

Francis Emukule Sharon Mbabazi is the new talk of campus and the nation although not like Bad Black (the slay queen).  Mababazi has become famous for laying bricks. Brick laying in Uganda is a men’s job. The third child in a family of five, Mbabazi comes from Masooli village in Gayaza Division. She has been laying bricks for the last eight years to meet her school dues and other needs. This job has earned her not only fame but she takes pride in the mud from which she mints money.…

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The power of audacious faith

In October 2016, Mitch Shalom’s life took a totally unexpected twist when she was involved in a road accident that claimed the lives of two people. She survived narrowly,  and was left for dead in the trench she landed in when a saloon car knocked the bodaboda she was on. She sustained five cracks on her skull, one stretching up to the ear! Together with her family and friends, they narrated her miraculous recovery to Francis Emukule. The shocker “On Tuesday at 3:15 pm I received a call informing me…

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Think tanks are vital for Africa’s growth and thought process

NICHOLAS  OPOLOT Recently, Uganda Christian University unveiled one of its first public think tanks, the Africa Policy Centre (APC). This is of great importance to this nation since think tanks such as APC serve a critical role as knowledge centres. Today many think tanks suffer from extinction with Uganda accounting for only 27 of them across the country. Why are they dying out? Are we maximizing their full potential? Do we understand what think tanks mean to our future? Dr.  James Magara – a leading philosopher on think tanks adds…

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Worship at the Throne of God

Rev. Canon Dr. John Senyonyi The last four decades have brought jubilant worship in churches to the fore, and that is in both traditional and newer churches. They have created a ‘Praise and Worship’ time. Whether it takes 10 minutes or an hour, there is something unsettling for me in the phrase. The service leader or singer will say, “Let us now enter a time of praise and worship,” or “Let us worship.” Why is it ‘a time’? Does it fairly represent how the Bible depicts worship? Words carry meaning…

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Allan Galpin to get new ambulance

BY DOUGLAS OLUM Allan Galpin Health Centre is procuring another ambulance. This was revealed by the Uganda Christian University (UCU) Director of Health Services Dr Geoffrey Rwabaingi-Mulindwa while he was making a health awareness presentation at Nkoyoyo Hall on Tuesday, June 12. Dr Mulindwa said the current ambulance has been challenging to access in many cases, yet it is critical in health service delivery. “The way you transport a person who is unwell may deteriorate their health condition. You do not need to carry a person who is having difficulty…

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