ART REVIEW

BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT Belinda Achola’s abstract painting, The Staircase of Fate, is a touching depiction of a mother’s love. Displayed at Tech Park during the fine art finalist students’ exhibition held from 3 to 5 August, the painting communicates a mother’s sacrifice for her child. Her rich imagination is evident on this medium- size portrait covered largely by a staircase and an inviting platform for the climber. And the staircase has indeed been used as there are footprints, albeit marked in blood, a testimony of the climber’s difficult journey. Many…

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The second policy dialogue held

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BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT The African Policy Centre (APC) in partnership with Uganda Christian University’s (UCU) guild government and the Vice-Chancellor’s office have held a public dialogue on the issue of leaders and their accountability to the citizens. The second of its kind at UCU since last year, the one-day dialogue was held under the theme: “Are Ugandan leaders accountable to citizens?” It mainly covered areas of emotional intelligence, intellectual discourse and Africa’s position in the world. Topics such as corruption, national politics, sexual harassment, partisan politics, leadership, financial management and…

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Movie review: Fist  Fight

Reviewed by: Nicholas Opolot Director: Richie Keen Written by: Van Robichaux (Screen play) Evan Susser (Story) Rating: PG-13 Release Date: 17th February 2017 Genre: Comedy Runtime: 91 minutes Although Fist Fight may not turn out to be our blockbuster movie of the month, I hasten to add that in case you need to laugh out loud until your lungs hurt, it is your go-to-movie. It is the perfect comic relief, different from other cliché ones that distract us from enjoying and appreciating the small things in life because it has…

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Ugandans must be concerned about debt financing

BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT The 2017/18 Budget Speech of Uganda read on 8 June indicated that our country’s debt burden now stands at US$8.7 billion (Shs28 trillion)! For the coming financial year alone, about Shs14 trillion (12 percent of the budget) has been earmarked for debt financing, which obviously sounds alien to many Ugandans. It is absurd to note that most of us are not bothered by such statistics and even the dignitaries that attended the event found comfort in napping through the entire budget reading process. However, whether we nap…

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Director: Niki Caro Writers: Diane Ackerman (Book), Angela Workman (Screenplay). Rated: PG-13. Runtime: 124 minutes Release Date: 31st March 2017 Genres: Biography, Drama, History, War Reviewer: Nicholas Opolot This cheesy movie makes the perfect weekend getaway for those that really want to spend a quiet and comfortable time at home. Based on a true life event and set in the World War II era, Antonina and Jan Zabinski are your average married couple. Together, they passionately manage a zoo in the middle of nowhere in Warsaw, Poland. For a while,…

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Savings crucial amid economic breakdown

By Nicholas Opolot Money is such a huge deal because it greatly impacts on our livelihoods and standard of living. Saving is a key aspect which needs to be taught to the youths, in order to improve their financial capacity. Globally the economic outlook is sluggish, our own economy is affect- ed by a decline in consumer demand, private sector credit is low and the low, global, commodity prices are cited in the 2017 economic outlook report by Price Waterhouse Coopers. Consequently, this chain of events has reduced public consumption,…

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URA facilitates the tax debate

By Staff Writer Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), in its bid to improve tax education and general awareness, organized a tax debate on March 14 at Uganda Christian University (UCU), main campus. The event took place at Nkoyoyo Hall under the theme: “Uganda’s tax system: A solution to Uganda’s financing problem.” The main discussant, Dr Asa Mugenyi, the chairperson in the Tax Appeals Tribunal and lecturer of revenue and taxation at UCU, made a presentation on how business revenue has over the years impacted the stability of Uganda’s economy. “Since 1991,…

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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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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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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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