Be a gardener not the lawn cutter this year

Be a gardener  not the lawn cutter this year

BY ALEX TAREMWA Few people – and those are Donald Trump fans – can confidently say 2016 was an amazing year for them. For the rest of us, it was a lemon cake with sprinkles of icing sugar to cover up the bitterness. If it was not hunger here, it was a drought there. If there weren’t floods here, there was an earthquake there. Even at a place oozing nothing short of divine presence – UCU, 2016 left hallmarks of agony     when it sent also 75 percent of…

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Make someone merry during this Christmas

Make someone merry during this Christmas

BY ALEX TAREMWA I went by Allan Galpin Health Centre the    other day. The doctor I  was assigned to noticed  me from a distance and called out, “Standard, you’re here too!” From our conversation, I noticed that the good doctor – with whom I share a confidentiality  clause – was unhappy. He   is part of the ‘essential personnel’ who  will  not be breaking off for Christmas this year, unlike the rest of the staff. And  it is not just Christmas – staff in the security, health and catering…

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My slow, sole journey to salvation

My slow, sole journey to salvation

BY ALEX TAREMWA Until the Sunday of October 2, 2016, I had  last stepped foot in church – by choice – on Boxing Day of 2007. Often      I went   to church either by compulsion or obligation. My absentia from church for close to a decade  should  in no way  be confused with my   agnostic approach to religion. I am convinced that my relationship with     Christ     is  a   personal   matter. However, over the years I have been judged, unfairly or not, as…

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THE BIRD’S-EYE VIEW: The guild is for leaders not politicians

THE BIRD’S-EYE VIEW: The guild is for leaders not politicians

BY ALEX TAREMWA When I recently attended the Uganda Christian University guild presidential debate, I was left with a number of nagging questions. The most pertinent was: Is being a guild official the precursor of one’s future leadership career or is it merely a political launch pad? The debate was one of the most rowdy I have ever attended, and although I will not delve much into the good, the bad and the ugly of that night here. Suffice to say that the scene was symptomatic of politicians’ not leaders’ behaviour….

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The Bird’s-Eye View: A retaker’s guide to getting the prize

The Bird’s-Eye View: A retaker’s guide to getting the prize

BY ALEX TAREMWA Desperate times, they say, call for desperate measures . This is why I was not shocked to learn that some students were conned of thousands of shillings by some wise chaps who claimed they would make their retakes disappear. There is a saying in Ankole that only charcoal dies twice. It is burnt in the field before sale, and again burnt in the kitchen by the buyer. The story of the conned students is related to that saying. They failed certain papers and lost money trying to illegally…

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The Bird’s-eye view: Greater good requires concerted efforts

The Bird’s-eye view: Greater good requires concerted efforts

Hanging around a representative sample of UCU staff has revealed two perception extremes. There is a section that is passionate about the university and work wholeheartedly every day to see it prosper. There is also another section whose association with the university is simply an opportunity to get paid at the end of the month.Sadly, the latter are the majority. To illustrate this, let us refer to the results of the survey conducted by the Career Development and Placement office among 500 new students, representing a quarter of the registered…

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