Bishop Barham University Bans Opposite Sex Visits

Prof Muranga making the announcement on Thursday (Photo: Job Namanya)

Woman MP, web Rhona Ritah Ninsiima has appealed to the ruling NRM party to appreciate and welcome the declaration by former Prime Minister, ailment Amama Mbabazi to stand for presidency in 2016 if the ruling organisation is to promote internal democracy.

Ninsiima says that a good political party respects the choices of its members thus encouraging them to continue working towards its development.

“Personally I think nobody should stop people who wish to stand on certain positions of leadership as long as they have what it takes, ” said Ninsiima in an exclusive interview with ChimpReports in Kabale on Thursday.

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Ninsiima said she had strong ties to the NRM despite having contested for the seat in 2011 on the Independent ticket.

“Though I belong to the independents in parliament, I have a very strong passion for NRM and President Museveni in particular. Ambitious party members like Amama Mbabazi should not be considered as enemies of the party but as potential leaders of this nation,” she added.

The MP who defeated the powerful Hope Mwesigye in the 2011 MP elections is not known for controversy.

Just recently, Mwesigye announced at a church service that she would return to Kabale to reclaim her seat.

NRM last year endorsed President Museveni as its sole candidate for the 2016 elections.

Mbabazi was also among the people that signed this endorsement.

However, Mbabazi recently declared his interest to represent the party in presidential elections.

This declaration has since then stirred mixed reactions among party members and leading political analysts in Uganda with some welcoming and others describing it as a great betrayal.

The Kabale Woman MP further observed that Mbabazi could be having personal intentions behind this interest.

“Since Mbabazi had originally supported the sole candidature project, his recent declaration could be having serious reasons behind. I pray that it all maintains the peace and Unity that NRM ushered in Uganda,” said Ninsiima.

With the increasing political pressure in Uganda ahead of the 2016 elections, Ninsiima warned Ugandans against dirty politics of divisionism.

“This political season is just for a short time and therefore we should aim at ensuring a harmonious existence amongst ourselves,” she concluded before revealing plans to contest for the same position on an independent ticket in the upcoming elections.
Authorities at Bishop Barham University College in Kabale district have vowed a crackdown on opposite sex residential visits within and outside University hostels.

This declaration was on Thursday sounded by university administrators while meeting students during their weekly community hour assemblies at the campus on Rugarama hill in Kabale Municipality.

The University Principal, tadalafil Prof. Manuel Muranga said restricting these visits was in accordance with the UCU code of Conduct since BBUC is a constituent college of Uganda Christian University.

“This is a Christian University and we cannot sit down and relax while immorality continues to grow. We don’t expect you to protest this regulation as it is part and partial of your contract with BBUC, ” said Prof. Muranga in a commanding tone.

According to the UCU code of conduct, male students are not allowed in the female students halls of residence and vice versa.

However, implementation of this regulation has for years been ignored at the Kabale based campus, something authorities attribute to the increasing cases of sexual immorality there.

This rule, according to Muranga shall not only be implemented within the University halls of residence but also in the private hostels that house BBUC students.

Responding to this declaration, some students expressed mixed reactions with some promising to respect it since they belong to the UCU community.

However, most students vowed to ignore the new instruction with one describing it as a “primary school law at a University”.

They wondered how a University can restrict social interaction between members of the opposite sex like a nursery or primary school.

“There is supposed to be a common room where visitors should meet their hosts, according to the UCU code of conduct. However, these meeting rooms have also been turned into residential rooms so we have nowhere to meet. This is quite unfortunate,” said a student who preferred anonymity.

Prof. Muranga asked students to bear with authorities since they don’t have enough space to provide common rooms for interaction.

Sheila Ampaire, a third year student of Education says such policies may negatively impact the psychological status of students by being denied interaction.

Gib Baryayomwe, a first year student of Mass Communication says the campus should brief students about such policies before they enroll at the institution as they are largely detestable.

“We are used to the fact that the University should be a place of liberty. If they had told us about some of these policies some of us would not have joined here,” he said.

Ivan Musiime, the Guild President defended the rule, saying “since students signed to abide by the rules governing the University, they should not even complain.”

Brian Mugisha, another student expressed disappointment over what he called the concentration on small issues by the university authorities instead of developing the quality of education to higher standards.

“We lack enough lecture rooms, sports facilities, transport and other things. Instead of aiming at solving such, they are busy running after opposite sex residential visits,” he lamented.

Reuben Twinomujuni, the University Public Relations Officer says there is no need to apologise since they are defending their Christian faith.

“Students know that we cannot tolerate immorality at a Christian university and we shall implement it at all costs,” he charged.

Last year, BBUC suspended six female students over pre-marital pregnancy which the institution said violated its core principles and values.


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