Not all policies are always good

I am a man who likes titles – legitimate or otherwise and I have accumulated quite a number already. That said, although this column will delve on policy issues, I cannot claim to be a policy analyst but I do not need to be one to tell a good policy from a bad one. Public and private enterprises in Uganda derive their operational mandate from clearly written and stipulated guidelines otherwise known as policies. Therefore, for a citizen to be a good one, or for an employee to thrive, he/she…

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The virtue of rational behaviour in society

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BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT There is an African proverb that says that, “If a man wants to grow a long tooth, he should have the lip to cover it”. Although this saying basically means that whoever makes a decision should have the ability to handle its consequences, it also refers to the issue of rational behaviour in any circumstance. Rational behaviour can be viewed as having the ability to commit one’s convictions, values, goals and actions based on reasonable thought. In the economical perspective, everything has a price, and an opportunity…

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Internship and the missed oppourtunities

BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT The subject of internship has had some bad press lately, owing to the persistent strikes of medical interns, sparking national outrage. The interns claim their allowances were scrapped, and a list of other grievances. In Uganda, finding an internship placement is frustrating, and one has to endure the intricacies and bureaucracies akin to finding an actual job. This is quite ironic because internship is meant to be an activity where one practices training related to a profession or skill and gains the pre-requisite experience. Amidst this dilemma,…

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We are the resident monkeys in this burning forest

A young boy once asked his father why the whole town perceived him as crazy. His    father   responded, “Son, the ones dancing are thought to be crazy by those who cannot hear the music.” This logic also applies to most situations in the world today. Often, because we do not know about the existence, functionality and intricacies of a particular system, we are quick to dismiss it as worthless or worse – a failure. Take Uganda Christian University (UCU)’s career outreach programme for example. For over a year,…

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Resilience in the face of economic hardships

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BY RICHARD SEBAGGALA Statistics from the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) show that Uganda’s economy is losing ground. The year 2016 ended on a gloomy note for most people as a result of numerous economic hardships like the depreciation of the shilling, the rising cost of living, inadequate rainfall, among other socio-economic challenges. There is a general feeling among many that money is scarce and most people are worried about the future. As a result there is a recurrent discussion of how the year 2017 will be and how best many…

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Rehabilitation of roads welcomed

For years now all stakeholders, students and staff alike have waited for the time when the roads in and around the university would be fixed. That wait will soon be history. For this the whole community is glad. All roads, paths, drainages, parking lots, humps, and pipes are going to be refurbished beginning March this year, and we should all be optimistic that the companies bidding for the assignment will do a good job. With this bold step taken by the administration, the dust experienced during the dry season, and…

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Gossiping is a disturbing common social weakness

BY SOLOMON  MWIJE Communication is the pivot on which every institution grows. No organization can survive without proper and effective communication networks. However, in most cases we concentrate on the formal communication networks and become oblivious to the informal ones yet these too affect our work behaviour and relationships. Not a week goes by without our ears getting trapped by unsolicited information of what has been talked about us or others. We then get caught up in what others are saying about a colleague at work. Even when our mouths…

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How to leave an everlasting legacy

BY JOHN VIANNEY AHUMUZA One fine evening, my grandfather who later died aged 105 challenged me with a golden idea of leaving a legacy in one’s life. In his capacity, he managed to ensure that all his children married and others got married by giving them the necessary support. He also treated his children with great fairness to avoid leaving behind a sea of family conflicts. But above all he was gifted in conflict resolution and was an invisible village judge for all sorts of cases that constantly emerged. He…

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Chewing gum in church is an unacceptable habit

I once chewed gum at night, for fear of my young brother stealing or hiding it from me by morning. Little did I know what the consequences would be writes CONNIE MUSISI Two weekends ago I was at a local Church service enjoying the sermon of the senior pastor when I caught sight of his associate chewing gum! Minutes later, the senior pastor called him to the pulpit to clarify on a few things, and he did so, still chewing. I kept thinking about his unbecoming manners. What Bible college…

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Who determines your worth?

BY DOREEN KAJERU Life as people know it can get quite challenging, tough and absolutely mind-boggling! It presents to us with many situations, many of which are curve balls leading us to crossroads we never knew existed. The common proverb, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” must have been derived after a face-off with someone’s hurdles in life. Do these situations make us forget our worth as we drown in the sorrows of life? I was listening to a sermon recently and the preacher, in one sentence,…

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