How to invest for a safer tomorrow

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Part I BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT The sun shines on those who are standing before it shines on the people kneeling under it, is a popular saying. “Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week,” said Chris Richards. Such inspiring reflections remind us to make use of our time in life and make it count. On 24…

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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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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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There is need for gender equality in institutions

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BY SOLOMON MWIJE Social institutions like schools and workplaces mould us to behave in a generalized manner. We find ourselves acting not only by our inner influences but exceptionally geared by how society requires us to behave with regards to our sexual identities. This in simple terms is gender. Gender refers to the socially constructed distinctions between females and males and such distinctions relate to expected behaviours, roles, power to access and control resources, benefits and opportunities. Gender mainstreaming in simple terms is a process of integrating gender perspectives institutional…

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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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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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