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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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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The Insight: Always be your brother’s keeper

BY JOHN VIANNEY AHUMUZA Uganda has gone through troubling moments with a rage of systematic shootings towards some citizens. These events have continued to cause panic and fear in the public. In a Christian perspective, Christ gives us a channel through which we can avert acts of terror. This is enshrined in the two greatest commandments Love God with all your heart, soul and spirit; and love our neighbour as you do  love yourself. This concept focuses on  the aspect of forgiveness which is key in the human fraternity. It…

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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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The Insight: Embracing the greater good

BY JOHN VIANNEY AHUMUZA In philosophy, the common good refers to either what is shared and beneficial for all or most members of a given community. Common good may also refer to   what is achieved by citizenship, collective action, and active participation in the realm of politics and public service. Aristotle one of the great philosophers that ever lived says the common good is constituted in the good of individuals. In a workplace like UCU, driven by a fundamental motto of Alpha and Omega, this notion of common good…

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The Insight: Taming a new year to prosperity in 2017

JOHN VIANNEY AHUMUZA January marks yet the beginning of another year in our life time. One cannot imagine how time runs as just in a twinkle of an eye 2016 closed. However, reaching the end of a year and joining a new one is not as easy as cutting a birthday cake. Many of our colleagues, like Mathias Nsubuga, a prominent national politician did not  cross. In that vein, I took the end of last year seriously and even celebrated it in style. I joined my family upcountry in Rukungiri…

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The Insight: How to combat exam malpractice

BY JOHN VIANNEY AHUMUZA In the last issue, I wrote about the vice of exam malpractice and how it is orchestrated by students. I am grateful for the messages I have received so far, thanking me for the courage to educate the public about this. Today let me discuss the circumstances, on the part of the lecturers, that would cause the students to attempt to cheat in their exams. Inadequate coverage of the content. Course units must always be guided by course outlines. This in principle is the road map…

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The Insight: Note to exam invigilators

BY JOHN VIANNEY Recently, while walking in the UCU compound, there were two students ahead of me, one male, the other female. They were engaged in an interesting discussion that caught my attention, which I will dub, ‘How to successfully cheat during exams.’ This prompted me to move closer to them so I could hear more. I pretended to be busy on my phone while I listened in to the dialogue. The following interesting strategies were exposed by these two students on how to effectively cheat in the exams without…

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 The Insight: Get the extra edge in the employment market

BY JOHN VIANNEY AHUMUZA A few weeks ago the UCU career development office conducted yet another finalists’ Careers Week. The theme was: “Beyond the transcript”. Skilled and experienced facilitators from within and outside UCU spoke to the students on various topics. I was honoured to be part of this purposefully selected team. Indeed, the world continues to change and so are the required skills for ideal professionals. This trend is influenced by globalization. Therefore, anyone searching for a job placement needs to conform to international standards. This global perspective is…

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When jealousy derails professional politesse

BY JOHN VIANNEY AHUMUZA Did you know that jealousy is a reality in every professional practice? According to the Psychology Today website, jealousy is a complex emotion that encompasses many different kinds of feelings, ranging from fear of abandonment to rage and humiliation. The same site confirms that jealousy can strike both men and women when a third-party threat to a valued relationship is perceived. It can be a problem among siblings competing for parental attention, or envy after a more successful friend or workmate. In any professional environment, there are…

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