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 Christianity versus culture and nationhood were looked at critically.
In his opening remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Dr John Ssenyonyi, talked about the importance of wisdom.
“The university is a place where knowledge is generated. A university degree should enable one to think more and more. Most people think once or twice a year and yet God wants us to be people of impact.”
“Many Africans get lost in materialism without much thought about the consequences. This can be attributed to western secularism, which does not promote Christian values.”
He added that we should desire knowledge and be nurtured to shape the future of the nation through the inside of our hearts and the instinct of the mind.
Dr Dickson Kanakulya, a lecturer at UCU and a policy analyst at APC, noted that there would be future student exchanges, making joint policy briefs on policy proposals, policy skilling, policy review and formulation, critiques and recommendations as part of the benefits of the programme.
APC is an NGO policy research think tank based in Kenya, and its interest cuts across the East African region where it helps to shape policy by providing pan-African solutions to the socio-economic and political challenges faced. Its core foundation is upholding Christian values by enabling effective and legitimate, unbiased, policy options based on independent and credible research.
The programme to collaborate and initiate public dialogue in the university is currently being run under the vice-chancellor’s office, to enable sensitization and awareness of issues affecting society and eventually form a think tank for intellectual discourse.
The Guild President, Prisca Amongin, also attended the meeting.