I would like to ask Makerere University why a number of students, including myself, are not on the graduation list for the January 2018 graduation ceremony.
When I found out this month that the list was out, I checked for my name on the list which was pinned at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences but my name was not there. This is despite having successfully fulfilled all the requirements to be on that list.
When I visited the department of Ethics and Human Rights on December 18, 2017 to ask why, the coordinator in Room 2, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, told me there was no reason why I should not be on the list. All my marks were in place and I was supposed to be on the graduation list.
She told me to pray that the system on which graduates are posted is opened so that I could be put on the graduation list. She further informed me that this is what she had told other students who had, out of no fault of their own, missed out on being put on the list.
The question to you Makerere is: why should students who played their part fail to graduate because of the university’s negligence? Students need to graduate, get transcripts and acquire jobs.
Another jobless year arising out of the university’s inefficiencies is too big a burden to put on students. This is why Makerere must do everything possible to ensure that all students who meet the graduation requirements graduate come January 2018.
Bachelor of Ethics and Human Rights.
Why not control transport fares?
I have noticed for some time now that during festive seasons, the transport operators hike fares without any major justification. Many have argued that Uganda’s economy is a liberal one, which is not in dispute.
However, every system must have controls and checks. It does not make sense for taxi, bus and other operators to wake up and decide their own fares at the detriment of the customers.
I find this unfair and a form of theft. For example, bus fares to major destinations have been hiked almost by 200 per cent this Christmas season and our dear ministry for Works and Transport merely looks on.
We need a regulation on transport fares in Uganda, especially the public transport as majority of Ugandans are being conned.
Thomas & Michael Advocates.
Let’s scrap parliament
Following last week’s constitutional amendments of the presidential age limits and previously the two-term limits (in 2005), one wonders when the Uganda parliament has ever served the interests of the common man since independence.
Government ministries, departments and agencies are surviving mainly on grants and foreign debts to provide services to Ugandans, yet members of parliament are surviving on the poor man’s taxes to make them poorer and put the country in total chaos.
In 1966, it was parliament that amended the independence constitution, sending the country into periods of tyranny and chaos, which have negatively impacted us to date.
This is why when Idi Amin abolished parliament, no one cared because he was being very honest and patriotic to his country, saving us huge sums of expenditure that would go into a body that legislates whatever the head of government wants.
Therefore, as a Ugandan who advocates good governance, our parliamentarians have so far been the best brewers of instability since independence and I don’t think we need them.
Guild Presidents Forum on Governance.
Compensate SGR victims
While the registration and assessment of people affected by the Standard Gauge Railway project was accomplished last year, the initial pace of compensation stalled beyond Tororo and several inconsistent excuses have since been given to the anxious project-affected persons.
What is making people more anxious and suffer untold misery is the consequence of halting their land use projects such as construction. Imagine a situation where some people had taken loans from the banks or planned to sell their land to finance some pressing demands!
Some people have suggested that “it feels like being a squatter on your land”.
The blank assurance for compensation without a timeframe is not smart. Can government and the SGR project give thousands of affected persons a valid update on what is causing the delay and how much longer they should wait?
What do human rights minders and members of parliament representing people along the SGR-corridor make of this situation?
Our leaders must be tested for fitness
About a week ago, the media reported that Ugandan doctors had demanded that presidential candidates as well as other leaders be subjected to physical and mental checks to ascertain their level of thinking, recognition of challenges and planning ability to lead.
For sure, Uganda has had so many leaders whose decision-making on many critical issues begs a mental check.
For instance, how can one explain the anomaly of an elected legislator representing peasants accepting a bribe from taxes collected from suffering peasants to pass a bill intended to benefit one person?
Our leaders, indeed, need to be checked.
A good name is better than riches
The Bible says in Proverbs 22:1 “a good name is to be chosen rather than great riches…”
A good name could live for centuries and, therefore, builds a reputation not only for you, but your entire generation.
Therefore, it’s about your reputation and the character you have inside. It identifies who you are from a moral and ethical standpoint.
How many men and women of history are still being spoken of in a positive light? Wouldn’t it be special if that could be you?