Climate change, aims for progress are inseparable

(Photo by Paul Wembabazi)

By Denis Birungi When Donald Trump decided to withdraw America from the Paris Accord and threatened to cut federal funding for climate change initiatives, little did he know that Hurricane Harvey would devastate USA in general – Texas and Louisiana in particular with such horror. His reason for cutting funding for climate change interventions is that “they have killed American jobs” and that climate change is a myth. Storms and floods have, and are projected to continue causing untold death and destruction across the globe. From USA to the Philippines,…

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Are millennials looking for shortcuts?

Patrick Lumumba, a Kenyan author of A handbook on criminal procedure in Kenya wrote, “You do not respond to a mosquito bite with a hammer.” Simply meaning before we resort to drastic measures, we owe it to ourselves to try other more reasonable solutions to an issue or problem. The trend for millennials, those born between 1982 and 2004, is to disregard the above advice and resort to looking for easier and more profitable ways (in the short term) to resolve issues, notwithstanding the consequences. A case in point: the two…

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The broken window theory and fighting corruption in Uganda

By Paul Wembabazi

By Clare cheromoi Seven months ago, while attending the international anti-corruption day conference in Kampala, organized by the office of the Inspector General of Government (IGG), I noticed that two concerns monopolized the debate. One was that the fight against corruption has stagnated over the years; and two, that government action against corruption seems to be targeting the small fish only. The issue of targeting the so-called small fish in the corruption fight has been the focus of study and debate by many scholars, politicians and civil society organizations, all…

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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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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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Congs to the law students, aluta continua!

Kudos to the law faculty and students for their immense efforts in lifting high the banner not only of the law school but also making Uganda Christian University shine. The UCU moot team has been selected and will be representing Uganda in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition that will be taking place from April 9 at New Jersey Avenue, Washington DC. The hard work of the faculty and students is very much appreciated, and such achievements are a strong selling point for UCU both at the…

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Are Ugandans are lazy?

By Richard Sebaggala A few years ago, Ugandan dailies and TV stations reported about a World Bank survey report that cited Ugandans as the laziest people in East Africa. Indeed, often we hear many observers say that Ugandan workers are “lazy” compared to workers from our neighbors, particularly Kenya. Some commentators, leaping from presumption to prescription, have urged that the high levels of unemployment and poverty that the country is witnessing are as a result of people being lazy. One commentator in the Daily Monitor of 23 October 2014 said that,…

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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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