Guild budget tops agenda for AGM

A graphic of the guild budget allocations (Infographic by Ronald Awany)

BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT AND BRIGHT NIWAHA The budget for financial year dominated the deliberations of the guild week at Uganda Christian University (UCU) from March 20 to 25. The proposed guild budget totalling to Shs395,521,500 was presented by Steven Bugembe, the finance minister, in accordance with the parliamentary rules of procedure. The finance minister is mandated to present the proposed budget, which, when approved by parliament, is sent to the Director of Student Affairs, and the DVC Finance and Administration. Funds for the budget will be received majorly from students’…

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The youth most morally vulnerable

Fr Lokodo Simon (Photo by Agatha Muhaise)

BY BRIGHT NIWAHA The Minister of Ethics and Integrity, Fr Simon Lokodo, has advised the students of Uganda Christian University to join the fight against the increasing moral decadence that is eating up the youth in the country. While addressing the students during the community worship gathering in Nkoyoyo Hall on March 28, Fr Lokodo said that insensitivity has unfortunately destroyed the pillars of good statesmanship in Uganda, eroding the traditional cultures, making the youth vulnerable to moral decadence. “A lot of manifestations like high levels of indiscipline, arrogance, disrespect,…

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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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UCU signs MoU with Mengo Hospital Board

Dr Rose Mutumba, the director of Mengo Hosiptal, the Chancellor, Archbishop Stanley Ntagali and the Vice Chancellor, Dr John Senyonyi, during the signing of the memorandadum of understanding at the Church of Uganda Provincial Offices. (Ivan Naijuka)

By BRIGHT NIWAHA and IVAN NAIJUKA Uganda Christian University (UCU) is set to start a medical school in May. The school will be based on Namirembe Hill in Kampala. On December 6, UCU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mengo Hospital to work hand-in-hand in training the learners. UCU and Mengo Hospital are both Church founded institutions. The MoU was signed at the Provincial Offices in Kampala. Since UCU started in 1997, its major academic programmes have been in the arts and humanities. But a few years ago, the…

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UCU Holdings gets new board

The board members of UCU Holdings in a photo infront of the main building after the inaugural meeting (Photo by Bright Niwaha)

BY BRIGHT NIWAHA UCU Holdings has got  a team of new board members. The team consists of: Paul T Kyama as the chairperson, Parity Twinomujuni, Joram Kahenano, Bishop James Ssebaggala, Fred Kibeddi, Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire, James Abola, George  Nyeko, James Serufusa, Victoria Kisarale, and ex- officials Dr John Senyonyi and  David Mugawe. UCU Holdings is the business arm of UCU. It was established in 2003 as a legal arm to transact the chartering process of the university before converting into the business arm recently. The university’s idea of establishing UCU…

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Former guild leaders lauded for discipline

(On The Shelves)

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…

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Walk the talk

(On The Shelves)

BY BRIGHT NIWAHA Pioneer students graduating from the Muungwana Leadership Mentoring Programme under the African Youth Leadership Forum (AYLF), have been called upon to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, and walk their talk. The challenge was made by the co-founder, patron and mentor of AYLF, Tim Kreutter, while presiding over the leadership’s mentoring programme graduation on November 25 in Principal’s Hall. Kreutter stressed that through the training, young people are equipped with skills on working to bring love, healing and reconciliation across all the…

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Amongin new guild boss

Moreen Akatukunda campaign group (Photo by Fred Hidula)

BY BRIGHT NIWAHA Ms Prisca Amongin, a second-year Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance student, has scooped victory to the Uganda Christian University guild presidency, becoming the second female student leader ever in the university. The first female guild president in UCU was Blessed Mulungi (2014 – 2015). Amongin beat her only rival, Moreen Akatukunda, with a total of 1,463 votes, a 734 margin over Akatukunda’s 729 votes. Akatukunda is a a third-year law student. This victory comes after the 2016/17 guild elections that were held on November 2….

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Guild electoral commissioners fired over abuse of office

BY BRIGHT NIWAHA Mr Bob Festus H i m b i s e , the head of the guild Electoral Commission (EC) at Uganda Christian University (UCU), has been fired, together with three members of the committee. Himbise was fired on October 10, over unethical conduct and abuse of office. The other EC officials who were shown the exit are the Finance Secretary, Queen Melody Amanya, the Publicity Secretary, Derrick Kamanzi, and Raymond Lukyamuzi, the secretary to the Commission. The Director of Students’ Affairs (DOSA), Olive Ayo Birabi, said that…

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Charity run fails to impress

BY BRIGHT NIWAHA The first ever Rotaract charity run that took place on September 24 was characterised by a low turn-out of participants. Moreover, the one kilometre run began later than planned with less than 30 people. However, a number of fun activities were later conducted. These included games like chair- dancing, kwepena, tennis, volleyball, bottle-filling, relays, among others. The run, organized by the Uganda Christian University Mukono Rotaract Club and Play- for-Charity, was held at the university sportsground to fundraise and reach out to the underprivileged. According to the President of the…

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