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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Guild official injured

(On The Shelves)

BY AGATHA MUHAISE Daniel Manzi the guild Member of Parliament for Non-residents did not enjoy the 2016 Christmas. As he celebrated the day, he dived into a swimming pool in Mbarara and accidentally hurt his spine. Daniel is now soliciting for Shs3.6m to undergo an operation at Mulago Hospital. The Guild President, Ms Prisca Amongin, told The Standard that Manzi had gone swimming at Big Fun Entertainment in Mbarara town with his friends when the accident happened. “Daniel said that when he dived into the deep end of the pool, he…

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Guild prioritises passport photo printer in budget draft

(On The Shelves)

BY STAFF WRITER As the 2016/ 2017 Guild Government settles in office, it is setting priority on buying a passport size photo-printer to generate income. This was revealed during the parliamentary budget session on January 9 at the Students’ Guild boardroom. The full-set printer, according to the Guild President, Prisca Amongin, will cost her government Shs6m. The guild government has already produced a budget draft for 2017/18 now pending approval by the University Administration. Amongin said the machine will be used to print students’ passport photos at a reduced cost…

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BBUC guild government officials sworn in

Jacob Ampeire receiving the key from Ambrose Atamba (Photo by Elijah Twinomuhwezi)

BY ELIJAH TWINOMUHWEZI The newly elected Guild President for Bishop Barham University College (BBUC), Jacob Ampeire and his guild officials have been sworn in. The handover ceremony, held in the university’s multi-purpose hall on November 27, saw Ampeire, the guild representatives, councillors and the newly appointed ministers take oath before the guest of honour, Lt Col Henry Matsiko, also commissioner for Patriotism Clubs in Uganda, President’s Office. Lt Col Matsiko called upon the new team of leaders to serve the university to the best of their ability as they improve…

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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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Student sued for defamation

BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT Joel Otim a fourth year law student has sued Denish Ayela, former Member of Parliament of Mass Communication, for defamation. On November 1, Ayela was served with a notice of intention to sue after the matter was reported to the Mukono Magistrates Court. It is alleged that on October 31, while on Urban Television for the Uganda Christian University guild presidential debate, Ayela made defamatory statements against Otim. He was quoted saying that Otim was drunk and was found in a trench. “The law suit is meant…

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We need unity after elections

(By Stuart Mwijuka)

This Advent Semester 2016/17 guild elections College, Bishop Barham Kampala Campus and at the main campus. However, by press time the campaigns in Arua Campus had been put on hold because of the controversial circumstances surrounding the eligibility of Felix Onzima, a diploma of theology student, to stand for president. Onzima’s bid contravenes Article 27(b) of the Guild Constitution of Uganda Christian University, which requires a student to have completed at least one academic year at the university before he or she qualifies to stand for this post. However, Onzima…

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THE BIRD’S-EYE VIEW: The guild is for leaders not politicians

BY ALEX TAREMWA When I recently attended the Uganda Christian University guild presidential debate, I was left with a number of nagging questions. The most pertinent was: Is being a guild official the precursor of one’s future leadership career or is it merely a political launch pad? The debate was one of the most rowdy I have ever attended, and although I will not delve much into the good, the bad and the ugly of that night here. Suffice to say that the scene was symptomatic of politicians’ not leaders’ behaviour….

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Former guild EC officials penalised

BY AGATHA MUHAISE Electoral Commission officials who were being investigated for misconduct have been handed various punitive and corrective sentences by the Uganda Christian University Disciplinary Committee. Chairperson Bob Festus Himbise and five other members have survived expulsion from the university following reports that they were involved in unethical conduct and abuse of office. The Disciplinary Committee, after receiving an audio-recording of Himbise asking for money from an aspiring member of parliament in order to be declared winner unopposed, sat on 18 October and came up with resolutions on the…

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