Mao lambasts university students over lifestyle

BY DOUGLAS OLUM The Democratic Party (DP) President General, Norbert Mao, has slammed Uganda Christian University students over anti-social lifestyles. “These days people don’t even know their neighbours. I am sure those of you who live in hostels, don’t know who lives in the next room. I’m just telling you that you can’t have a citizenship where people are disconnected. Active citizenship is about strong family bonds and then voluntary associations,” Mao said. Mao made the remarks while speaking at the 2018 UCU Law Society Symposium, held in Nkoyoyo Hall…

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Amanya is new guild president

BY DOUGLAS OLUM On Friday November 2,Uganda Christian University held its guild general elections for the academic year 2018/19. Students across the university’s five campuses voted for their new leaders to take the positions of Guild Presidents and Members of Parliament. Bruce Mugisha Amanya emerged the winner for the position of guild president at the university’s main campus in Mukono after scoring at least 1,000 votes, trouncing his closest rival, Phillip Joshua Wanambwa, who scored 876 votes and Charlotte Mbabazi who scored 157. Amanya said his victory was a result…

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Basoga Nseete triumphs

BY DOUGLAS OLUM & ESTHER TUSIIME BYONA Basoga Nseete Students Association are the winners of the 2018 Uganda Christian University (UCU) Students’ Cultural Gala. The association was pronounced winner at the event held on Saturday, October 20 at Nkoyoyo Hall, after garnering 414 marks out of 500. They beat their closest rivals and defending champions, the Acholi students community, with a meagre two marks. Celebrations among members of the winning team erupted around Nkoyoyo Hall as soon as the announcement was made. Brian Wabwire, the Basoga Nseete association’s chairperson, said…

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UCU rolls out new programme, opens for intake

BY DOUGLAS OLUM Uganda Christian University is rolling out two new academic programme starting next January. The new programmes, Master of Laws in International Energy, Law & Policy (modular), will be studied at the Kampala Campus. The other one is Bachelor of Laws (Evening), specific for Kampala campus. Christa Kyomya Oluka, the UCU director of admissions, said the programmes are a response to the main campus space limitations coupled with the huge demand for the course in the country. “We have always had more applicants for Bachelor of Laws than…

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Moot stars stunned by their own wi

BY DOUGLAS OLUM Students who represented Uganda Christian University (UCU) at the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology (CIPIT) East Africa Moot Court Competition are jubilating over their win. In an interview with The Standard on Friday, October 19, the three member team, represented by Joy Koelewijn (LLB2), said they did not expect the win because of the nature of the competition. “When we reached there, we were all scared because the things we were going to discuss were fourth-year work yet we were just second years. After the…

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Students quit Internet over tax

BY FRANCIS EMUKULE The Over The Top (OTT) tax introduced by the Government this financial year has left a big number of students disconnected from the Internet.  Activists, students and scholars attending a recent debate organised by the European Union (EU) delegation in Uganda on Media for Democracy at Uganda Christian University, expressed concern over the new tax and its implications to the youth.  Andrew Gole, one of the panellists noted that, 30 percent of the young people were cut off social media following the introduction of the Shs200 daily…

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Christians urged to support university

BY FRANCIS EMUKULE,  DOUGLAS OLUM & LHWANZU  KITOOKE “Some people are so poor that the only thing they have is their  money. Because they don’t give, they are devoid of God’s grace and abundance.” These were the words of  Reverend Alex Bwambale during the UCU Sunday  service  at All Saints Cathedral Nakasero on September 30. UCU Sunday was  gazetted by the Anglican Church House of Bishops in 2017 as a day when all Anglican Christians gather to pray for and contribute financially to support the university. The 2018 UCU Sunday was…

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Student in jail over rape of first-year girl

BY DOUGLAS OLUM A Uganda Christian University second-year student of Business Information Technology has been arrested on allegation of raping a first-year student. Ignatius Nimusiima, 22 allegedly took the first-year girl to his hostel under the guise of escorting her to her hostel through the dark after the Freshers Ball on the night of Friday September 28. In her statement recorded at the UCU Police Station, the girl whose identity we are not disclosing for protection purposes, said she was frightened to walk alone back to her hostel which is…

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Guild organises 2018/19 elections

BY DOUGLAS OLUM Students at Uganda Christian University are warming up for the guild elections for this academic year. The guild Electoral Commission Secretary for Publicity, Morris Twinamatsiko, disclosed this during the freshers ball held at the basketball courts on Friday, September 28, saying that the process would start in October. The upcoming elections will see students choose a new Guild President and Members of Parliament for the faculties of Science and Technology, Business, Law, Journalism, Media and Communication. They will also elect representatives for the School of Medicine, Social…

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University staff arrested, charged over food theft

Some of the stolen chicken

BY DOUGLAS OLUM At least three members of staff of Uganda Christian University (UCU) have been arrested and charged with theft. The trio, who are casual labourers at the dining hall, are: Emmanuel Mwesigwa (cook), Juma Kyaterekera (netball coach and former kitchen staff) and Joseph Banamwita (kitchen mini-store keeper). According to security sources, Mwesigwa, Kyaterekera and Mathias Emillo were found in illegal possession of a 50-kilo bag of rice, a 20-litre jerrycan of cooking oil and 12 dressed chicken. The items are suspected to have been stolen from the kitchen…

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