BY BRIGHT NIWAHA
Mr David Mugawe, the deputy vice chancellor Development and External Relations, has hailed the 2015-2016 guild government for being the most disciplined and orderly student leaders that the university has ever had.
“Media reports early this month reported how the Minister of Education and Sports, Mrs Janet Museveni, commended Uganda Christian University (UCU), for its discipline and order and called on other universities to borrow a leaf from us. You are setting a good example,” Mugawe said during the students’ guild general assembly and handover ceremony held on November 25, in Nkoyoyo Hall.
He challenged the incoming guild officials to set their targets and priorities right, and devise means to periodically provide accountability to students to avoid shortcomings.
“As an institution, the banner of UCU is lifted high by the students and alumni. Please uphold that integrity as commended by the Minister for Education,” Mugawe said.
He added that he was aware of the concerns raised about the late procurement of student needs; but the administration has put in place the means of monitoring procurement quality, speed and efficiency.
“This is done to serve all stakeholders of the university better,” he said.
The Director of Students’ Affairs (DOSA), Mrs Olive Birabi, urged the incoming leaders to hold onto God and learn from the outgoing regime’s weaknesses to become successful in their leadership.
“A disclaimer to students who think that the guild officials misuse your funds: the money is apportioned appropriately to different ministries and managed by the procurement office,” she said.
At the same ceremony, the Orombi Guild Excellence Awards 2016 were given out to the most outstanding individuals. These are staff and students who excel in various fields, and they are selected by a committee that includes Dallen Akankwasta, Steven Basaija and Derrick Kamanzi who were appointed by the Guild Speaker, Dennis Murungi.
The awards went to: the DOSA, Mrs Olive Birabi, for being the most outstanding administrative advisor, Dr Rebecca Nyegenye for being the most outstanding spiritual leader (staff); Pius Nyikirize for being the most outstanding spiritual leader (student); Abel Kushaba for being the most outstanding guild official; Richard Ekadu for being the most dedicated non-teaching staff; Philbert Nabimanya and Trisha Lucky Kristina for being the most decent students; and Derrick Dusabe for being the most outstanding international student. The Faculty of Business and Administration was voted the most outstanding faculty; Chapel Choir was awarded best church choir; and Kasese Mukono Students Association, as the best performing association.
The awarded individuals and groups were judged on the basis of consistency in competition, people’s opinions about the personalities, association and personal achievements.