By Mujuni Dalton and Tsebeni Ivan
“United we stand, divided we fall,” aligned with the historical wisdom, the 23rd Guild parliament of Uganda Christian University has granted a green light to the commencement of the Business and Medicine Societies.
The bills were passed on July 16, in a meeting that was convened online as a way of adhering to the standard operating procedures set by the Ministry of Health to curtail the spread Covid-19.
The Guild Speaker, Rt. Hon Calvin Olupot said “The Business and Medicine Societies are some of those that had been in the pipeline after a series of hardships arising from the uncoordinated aspirations to form smaller societies at the schools’ course groups and departmental levels, however, this time there was need to pass them because they had organized themselves to form mother societies for the entire Schools of Business and Medicine.”
He added that Societies are important for among many purposes, the fostering of mentorship opportunities, social networking with alumni and unity in diversity. He said, “The crafters of these societies were in line with the constitutional guidelines on which the formation of societies is premised.”
The School of Business Member of Parliament, Hon. Musa Ssemakula, tabled the motion that led to the passing of the Business Society. He said, “I was inspired when I saw the Law Society which is smaller than the Business School, holding its internal elections. That is the unity that inspired me to table the motion.”
Solomon Besigye, a student of Bachelor of Human Resource and Management under the School of Business said that he looks forward to being registered under a society of his own professional aspirations.
The Guild Vice President, who also doubles as the Medicine Society representative, Her Excellency Stacia Kasemere, said that it was imperative for aspiring health workers to have a binding body that can link them to the professional bodies like Uganda Medical Association for mentorship opportunities.
She added that the Guild government is committed to strengthening all faculties and affiliations to fully be recognized by the University community. “These societies will be purposeful in mobilizing the students under them, to participated in inter Faculty competitions like tournaments of sports.”
The two societies will play the roles of lobbying for mentorship opportunities for the students in the respective Schools, fostering unity in the students pursuing the same professional aspirations and organising student oriented events.