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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Internship and the missed oppourtunities

BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT The subject of internship has had some bad press lately, owing to the persistent strikes of medical interns, sparking national outrage. The interns claim their allowances were scrapped, and a list of other grievances. In Uganda, finding an internship placement is frustrating, and one has to endure the intricacies and bureaucracies akin to finding an actual job. This is quite ironic because internship is meant to be an activity where one practices training related to a profession or skill and gains the pre-requisite experience. Amidst this dilemma,…

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The boda boda riders’ concern

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BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT I love my country  so dearly that a blind man would   be able to tell. My patriotism shows itself  in my daily life in this heck of a city bustling with so much beehive activity. Let me show you how. Think of the notorious traffic jams, the pungent smell of cattle headed to the city abattoir, hawkers who sometimes use obscene language to entice unsuspecting customers and a mass of diverse bodies sauntering to and fro God knows where. Indeed beauty can be found in unusual…

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Christians must learn to trust God in trials

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BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT God is all too powerful and almighty. This should be reason enough for Christians to trust him and take the wheel of their burdens, worries and seek guidance  from him. However, this isn’t the case. Many people oftenly lose their faith in God. Their allegiance to God has had a shift in contrast to the love and understanding that used to exist. Why have we become too big to accommodate Him? This sort of phenomenon is not a myth in the 21st century with the rise of…

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The idiot’s guide to forgetting new year resolutions

BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT Life is a two-way street, as some put it. It’s quite interesting that some desire to achieve success whereas others are just not into the idea of making something great out of themselves. Let’s just say they are okay with petty mediocrity and don’t need to bother with any efforts whatsoever. They often say one man’s meat is another man’s poison. Coincidentally, it’s the January blues where the nation is infested with acute brokenness from the festivities. The temptation is too high to give up since money…

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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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Movie Review: Me before you

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Genre: Drama Directed by: Thea Sharrock Written by: Jojo Moyes Runtime: 110 minutes Reviewer: Nicholas Opolot Me Before You is a romantic drama starring Louisa Clark ‘Lou’ as Emilia Clarke, and Will Traynor as Sam Claflin. Sam is depicted as a successful businessman in his mid-30s. His lifestyle is fabulous, rich and flashy, owing to his obscenely rich aristocratic family ties. He lives in a plush apartment, and has a drop-dead diva for a girlfriend. With his well-paying job in London, Sam seems to have it all. But by a…

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