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Victoria University Gets New Guild President

Uganda’s fastest growing private university, Victoria University, recently inaugurated a new student leadership team lead by Peter Isiko who takes over from Keith Mugabi as guild president.

The university also used the handover ceremony as the student and the entire institution staff’s end of year party. The event was held that at University main campus located on Jinja road, in the new Victoria Cafeteria.

The University thanked the outgoing cabinet for the enormous work they rendered to the institution. Mugabi, the outgoing Guild president, was in particular highly praised in a very special way for having led the Guild Council in an extra-ordinary way.

VIctoria University Promoter Rajiv Ruparelia

Speaking at the function Mr. Rajiv Ruparelia, the University Promoter, urged students to embrace team work and commitment in all they do if they are to be successful in Life. Students and staff members were served with lots of food, drinks and music.

The university then broke for the Christmas holidays. Students will resume their studies on 18th January 2017. The University is committed to the advancement of higher education in the country and the East African region by establishing exemplary, specialised and employment-oriented education. The university is currently enrolling for the JAN-FEB 2017 Intake.

Kampala International School Uganda Ends 2016 On The High

The year 2016 has been a year full of action in almost all sectors in Uganda. The education sector has had its highs and lows but Uganda’s leading international school, Kampala International School Uganda, stood out, registering numerous achievements and milestones on the classwork side and social scene.

The Bukoto based school owned by the Ruparelia Group kicked of the year on the high and managed to climax the year in the same manner. This month, December, in particular has been action packed. The school at the start of December organized the teacher’s appreciation lunch by KISU Parent Teacher Association.

The school also organized a fun fill Crazy Dress Up Day at the school premises. The event brought out the best of students creativity. The exciting event was also graced by parents and school well wishers. In the same spirit the school introduced the LEGO Education Innovation Studio. The LEGO Education Innovation Studio was officially opened by HRH Sylvia Nagginda, the Queen of Buganda.

KISU Director Steve Lang welcomed Her Royal Highness to the special occasion and took the opportunity to thank Dr Sudhir Ruparelia for his financial support in setting up the LEGO Studio for educating today’s children for tomorrow’s world. The function was attended by Rajiv Ruparelia, Board members, Parent Teacher Representatives and KISU students who demonstrated various LEGO activities.

December saw term one come to a successful end. The school administration described term one as ‘a long and demanding term’ but ‘pleased with the progress we have made as a school and even more so to see that it is being recognized by others.’

‘In our recent parent survey there was a clear consensus that KISU is now the best international school in Kampala (up from 2nd last year) and a record proportion of year 11 students have indicated that they intended to remain with us next year for the IB Diploma studies. Thank you all for your support and encouragement and have a wonderful festive season with your friends and loved ones.

Like they say, work without play makes jack a dull boy, the school organized a Primary Music Concert where Primary students showcased incredible musical skills & passion, many of them for the first time.

 

Bunyoro Kingdom Petition Ministry Of Lands To Cancel Land Tittles

By George Busiinge

Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom parliament (Orukurato) has resolved to petition the ministry of lands to cancel all land tittles issued out in Ihungu kingdom land in Masindi district. This follows a dispute on the land between three parties that include; the family of Oscar Baitwa and a group of vendors as well as another yet to be identified party.

During the kingdom parliament meeting presided over by the Kingdom speaker (Omutalindwa) Mr Jos Wamara, the area kingdom chiefs called for the kingdom intervention claiming some groups have already acquired a land title.

Omutalindwa ruled that a council minute be written and extracted to be presented to the security committee which they will later submit to the ministry of lands seeking the cancellation of the title.

The kingdom resolved that all the three parties should be allowed to use the land as opposed to one group titling the land. Almost all Kingdom land has been encroached on by residents. Norman Lukumu, the kingdom premier said they are working on modalities to safeguard all kingdom land.

Eversince international oil companies discovered commercially viable crude oil in Bunyoro, the scrabble for land in the region has been a pig problem which government, civil society organizations and residents are failing to control. Many people especially the rich have moved to grab land from the poor or buying it cheaply as they prepare to cash in on the oil money.

Kigorogya Residents Request For Closure Of Fake Drug Shops

By George Busiinge

Residents of Kigorobya sub county, Hoima district are asking government to close fake drug shops that set up business when they heard that the area is going to be swimming in oil and gas money. Hoima and the neighboring districts have seen numerous local and international investors set up business to tap into market generated by the discovery of oil in the region.

But among the businesses set up in the region are fake drug shops, clinics and health facilities as owners anticipate fleecing the unsuspecting customers. Over four health units in Kigorobya sub county, Hoima district have been closed by the ministry of health for failure to comply with the set standards.

A team from Allied Health Professionals Council led by Fred Oyesige, the regional officer this week found several clinics illegally operating and being managed by non-qualified medical personnel. Among the closed facilities include Bethel drug shop in Kigorobya town council, Lyne Drug shop in Kibegenya, JMS in Kapapi among others.

Oyesige observed that several licensed drug shops were found operating as clinics and health centres saying this puts lives of patients at risk. “About 70 percent of patients who seek health services from private facilities get it from the unqualified personnel" He observed.

Several drug shop operators were seen closing and taking off on learning that the inspectors were in area. Oyesige noted that the operation is going to continue to other parts of the district to make sure that health services are streamlined for better delivery.

 

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