Chancellor warns against university land grabbing

Archbishop Stanley Ntagali interacts with Maj David Matovu, the Mukono Resident District Commissioner, at Ntawo on the occasion the bishops were attacked by squatters in August (File Photo)

BY RONALD AWANY The Archbishop of the Church the Uganda and Chancellor of Uganda Christian University, the Most Rev Stanley  Ntagali, has urged the people of Arua against grabbing land from the church.  “You are selfish and greedy. You are only looking at yourself and ignoring others and that is why you are spiritually lame and your morals are decayed,” the chancellor told students, staff, elders and community members during community worship. Ntagali was on a two-day pastoral visit to the campus, November 21-22. The chancellor was accompanied by the…

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On to the final

The Lady Canons seeking to retain the championship they won last year

Lady Canons sweep series 3-0, qualify for 10th straight league final As many fans  and pundits expected, the Lady Canons have made it through to the finals of the 2016 FUBA National Basketball League after sweeping A1 Challenge 3-0 in the semi-final play-offs, writes RONALD AWANY Vilmah Acheing scored 27 points and 15 rebounds, Judith Nansobya bagged 19 points while the speedy Rosine Michomyiza managed nine points and nine assists as the Lady Canons completed an 80–57 swoop over A1 Challenge on November 13 at Lugogo Indoor Stadium. The defending…

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THE SOBER PERSPECTIVE: The championship is yours to lose

BY RONALD AWANY On November 13, the Lady Canons beat A1 Challenge 80-57 to complete a 3-0 sweep in the women’s semifinal play-offs of the Federation of Uganda Basketball Association (FUBA) National Basketball League (NBL). If they fail to bring the trophy home that will be a surprise to many, given the consistent dominance of the team since its inception. Coach Nick Natuhereza has achieved great success with the Lady Canons and this season he will want to add another winners’ medal to his cabinet. For a team that has…

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Buzzer beater 

Canons leave it late as Namake dumps Warriors to win series 2-1 2016 PEPSI QUARTER-FINAL PLAYOFFS RESULTS PEMBA WARRIORS 62 – CANONS 63 (Canons win series 2-1) SEMI-FINALS FIXTURES Game two MEN CANONS vs CITY OIL (November 9) KIU vs POWER (November 11) WOMEN LADY CANONS vs A1 CHALLENGE (November 9) KCCA vs JKL DOLPHINS (November 11) Last-minute drama characterised game 3 of the quarterfinals between the UCU Canons and Pemba Warriors on October 30, at the YMCA Courts in Wandegeya. Brian Namake’s buzzer-beater sent the nervous Canons’ fans into…

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Mihigo back to winning ways

BY STAFF WRITER Badminton ace, Daniel Muhigo, returned to winning ways in the Nyanza Open Badminton Tournament on October 23 at Agha Khan Hall in Kisumu, Kenya. Mihigo paired with Ugandan teenage sensation, Brian Kasirye to beat UCU counterparts, Isaac Senfuka and Freddie Kirabo, 2 – 0. However, Mihigo lost to Kenya’s John Wannyoike 2 – 0 in the men’s singles before teaming up with UCU’s Mable Namakoye to win bronze in the mixed doubles. “It was a good performance and experience for me and the rest of the team….

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Ambitious: Lady Canons top league, await playoffs semis

(Photo By Ronald Awany)

BY RONALD AWANY 2016 PEPSI QUARTER-FINAL PLAYOFFS FOR MEN -CITYOIL VS UPDF TOMAHAWKS KIU TITANS VS STARTIMES FALCONS -POWER VS OUR SAVIOUR PEMBA WARRIORS VS UCU CANONS (October 21, 8pm YMCA, Kampala) After narrowly missing out on Zone V glory in Dar es Salaam, the Lady Canons returned hoping to reclaim domestic glory in the league. With three games to go till the end of the regular season, Nick Natuhereza’s outfit picked up a crucial win against KCCA Leopards. But surprisingly, they lost to KIU Rangers on October 16. Either…

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Tennis: Oringa braced for Rwanda Open

David Oringa in action

Tennis ace David Oringa is hoping to put his 2016 misery to rest as he goes for glory in the third Rwanda Open Tennis Championship due September 15 to 25 at Amahoro stadium courts. “I hope to put all my disappointment in the past. I have been putting in extra effort and this will be the ultimate test for me,” Oringa said. The event, which was initially scheduled for August 22 to 28, will attract tennis stars from Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and hosts Rwanda. Kenya’s…

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Mihigo leads team UCU to EA Challenge

Badminton star, Daniel Mihigo, will lead team UCU in the East African Badminton Challenge due September 9 to 11 at Lugogo Indoor Stadium. The championship is expected to attract a host of players from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. Mihigo will captain the team of over 12, which also includes Brenda Nabusindo, Jovan Kyambadde and coach-player, Freddie Kirabo. “My target is to win the singles and doubles especially after my league loss,” he said. The UCU pair of Mihigo and Kirabo emerged second in the league after losing to…

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Doves, Ladies claim victories

Lady Doves’ Sheila Kobusingye spikes the ball against Ndejje University Elites (Photo by Ronald Awany)

The UCU Doves and Lady Doves both registered wins in the National Volleyball League (NVL) on August 31, at Lugogo Indoor Stadium. The Doves beat newly promoted Vision Volleyball Club 3-0 (26-15, 25-15 and 25- 23) in three straight sets while the Ladies beat Mulago Volleyball Club by the same score (25-15, 25-13, 25-13). Doves’ captain, Moses Odeke, hailed the win, the fourth for his side, which beat Tigers Volleyball Club 3-1 in the previous fixture to push them to fourth position on the table. “Generally, it was a great…

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Culture: The origin, history of the Bamasaba and Imbalu

Bamasaba warriors heading for the ritual confident and anxious (Photos by Esther Mbabazi)

On August 6, thousands of people, foreign and local descended on Mutoto Cultural Site at the foot of Mount Elgon to witness the Bamasaba celebrate 200 years ofimbalu (circumcision). The imbalu rituals, which are the cultural transition from boyhood to manhood, are a series of visits to revered traditional sites such as swamps, hills, caves and mud, artifacts, objects and ornaments, music, dance,busera (local brew) and sacrifices. The Standard’s RONALD AWANY joined the festivities and witnessed the unfolding of history. For four weeks, the Bamasaba, young and old, pitched camp…

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