December 5, 2021

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Dr. Kitayimbwa urges First-year students to embrace Godliness while at UCU

By Derrick Muduku

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Affairs, Rev. Dr. John Kitayimbwa has called on the First-year university (UCU) to live according to God’s will as they start their educational journey. 

Dr. John Kitayimbwa made the remarks during the induction ceremony of the first-year students that happened on Thursday, 23 November 2021. The students came from the Faculties/ Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Surgery, and Law. With the aid of their Deans, the students took their oaths with Dr. John Kitayimbwa presiding over the process. 

Dr. Kitayimbwa highlighted that UCU is Christ-centered and will continue to thrive in that aspect. “Welcome to UCU, where we shamelessly start lectures with prayer. That will not change. We are proud of it and will always uphold It,” he said. He invited the new students to embrace Christian living and seek communion with Jesus Christ as the LORD and savior of their lives.

New students, during the induction ceremony.

He further assured the students that they will excel at the university if they work hard. “There are no miracles. Miracles are for young children. You have to strive to earn what you deserve,” he said. 

Dr. Godwin Awio, the Director of the Kampala Campus expressed his delight at receiving the new students. “We are ready to equip these students with the necessary skills to go out there and influence the world in a positive way,” he said. 

Suzan Nasaga, a first-year student pursuing Bachelors’s in Dental Surgery says she is enjoying the conducive environment at the Kampala Campus.

“Initially, I wanted to go to the Main Campus but I don’t regret coming here, this place is a breath of fresh air,” she said. She is excited about the bright future she hopes UCU is paving for her. “By the time I finish studying here, I am sure that I shall be able to practice dentistry and reap from it,” she added.

The induction ceremony at Uganda Christian University is a re-occurring event where new students at the Campus take an oath and are introduced to the values and guiding principles prescribed by the institution. 

Sima, Sabiti to lead UCU’s Guild Parliament

By Ivan Tsebeni

After a hotly contested race, Sima Liisa has been enthroned Uganda Christian University’s (UCU) Guild Speaker, with Aman Sabiti as her Deputy.  Sima polled 10 votes beating her closest rival Abigail Dawn Ampumuza who scored a total number of 8 votes. This happened in the rerun after the first poll ended in a draw where both candidates garnered 7, with Mark Kezaala trailing with 5 votes.

The elections were presided over by the outgoing Guild Speaker of the 23rd Parliament, Calvin Olupot Bahati. The electorates were the newly elected Guild Members of Parliament.

The first parliamentary session was held at Internation Christian Medical Institute (ICMI) hall opposite the Guild Canteen, at the UCU main campus, shortly after the swearing-in ceremony.

The new parliamentary bosses, Sima and Sabiti were thereafter sworn in and handed over instruments of power including the guild constitution, rules of procedure, and regalia.

“The fact that I won, there is no doubt, all people voted for me and I am ready to work with all of them. The expectations are high, fears and uncertainties exist but together we should build friendship, mend the bridges and work together, ” Sima said after assuming office.

The deputy-speaker elect,  Mr. Sabiti acknowledged the need to ensure the independence of the parliament as one arm of the government saying it is what he will focus on during his tenure.

“I am willing to serve the people. I want to instill the aspect of independence and working within the guild constitution in order to reap the maxim harvest,” Sabiti said in an interview.

This was the first seating of the 24th Guild government after it was voted in on November 24, 2021. It is the first-ever activity that followed the swearing-in that happened earlier in the day at Nkoyoyo Hall. During this, the congregation witnessed the new Guild President Ms. Racheal Mirembe Sserwadda and her officials take the oath.

It should be recalled that Sserwadda is the third female Guild President after Blessed Murungi in 2014 and Prisca Amongin in 2016. Sserwadda will officially receive instruments of power on December 18.

The guild Parliament is expected to sit and approve new Guild ministers who by press time had not been identified by Guild President.