Kayla Namulondo

Kayla Namulondo

Fresh Kid Appointed To Carry Out Street Children Advocacy

Uganda’s youngest recording hip hop artiste, Patrick Senyonjo aka Fresh Kid, 8 years, has been appointed by state Minister for Youth and Children Affairs Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi to do advocacy work that will see young children off the streets of Kampala and Uganda at large.

The minister also appointed Ian Calton Muyimba, the new head boy and Agartha Ahumuza, the new head girl of Kampala Parents School to tea up with Fresh Kid, also a pupil at the same school.

The minister who was presiding over the swearing-in of prefects at Kampala Parents School Friday morning said that he will present the three youngsters to the Prime Minister to be given instruments of power.

“This is a sign to show that even if you are coming from a well to do family as a child, your  primary responsibility should be to look at people who don’t have the same privileges because we are striving to bridge the gap between the well to do people and the underprivileged,” Nakiwala said.

She said the three infants will be tasked with the role of advocacy of making sure they encourage fellow children not to return to the street and to encourage people who have to give back to those who don’t have. 

“We passed an ordinance as Kampala Capital City Authority banning street handouts to street children but that doesn’t take away the fact that there are good-hearted people who would like to continue with the spirit of giving.

They are supposed to ensure that the giving is done amicably and through the right modules to be able to reach out to those children,” Nakiwala explained.

In an effort to get street children off the street, Nakiwala and government set up seven homes across the country to resettle street children. 

“On the main streets of Kampala alone, we had 10, 000 street people spread across the main hotspots and peripherals who were working in shifts but now we have completely eradicated the problem.

What we want to ensure is sustainability and rolling out to Wakiso and the metropolitan area, which means we have to continuously engage their fellow children.” She said.

Speke Group Top Hotels To Host Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

Speke Group of Hotels will provide 5 of the 20 hotels approved by the organizing committee for the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) scheduled to run from 22 to 29 September 2019.

The steering committee on accommodation chaired by Nakaseke North Member of Parliament Syda Bbumba selected Speke Group's Kabira Country Club, Speke Hotel, Royal Suites Bugolobi, Speke Resort and Conference Centre and Munyonyo Commonwealth Hotel as the main host hotel.

Bbumba said Munyonyo was the preferred choice of the United Kingdom Head of delegation while Greg Petzer, the General Manager of Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort said they are more than ready to host the event.

“We have had enough time to prepare and ensure that the resort is ready. Our workers have been retooled and are aware of the importance of the conference to the country,” Petzer said.

The 2019 CPC is running under the theme, ‘Adaptation, Engagement and Evolution of Parliaments in a Rapidly Changing Commonwealth’.

According to a description on the 2019 CPC website, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) was founded in 1911 as the Empire Parliamentary Association and was run in the United Kingdom. Originally, it comprised Australia, Canada, Newfoundland, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

It would later change the name in 1948, a plan that saw the coming on board of most Commonwealth. It also has an independent, fully-fledged secretariat based in London, financed by all member states.

The annual flagship event is bringing together Parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and decision-makers from across the Commonwealth.

Delegates started arriving Sunday and were being received by Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda and Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.

During the meeting, being hosted by the parliament of Uganda, Commonwealth Parliamentarians will address global issues and the evolution of parliamentary democracy.

Victoria University Set For Expansion After Acquiring Land

Victoria University, according to plans by management, will soon relocate from Victoria Towers on Jinja Road, opposite Dewinton Road, to a new home.

This comes after the university’s proprietors acquired 15 acres of land in Naalya and are set to construct a new expansive campus.

“Victoria University has acquired a 15-acre piece of land in an upscale Kampala suburb of Naalya to design and construct a fully-fledged campus,” Rajiv Ruparelia, the University’s promoter told journalists.

“The new campus will offer hands-on training in technology and other courses with facilities like laboratories,” Rajiv added during the university’s 4th graduation ceremony which took place at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

“Victoria University is one of the best universities in Uganda and stands out as a centre of academic excellence. We offer a fresh and intellectually stimulating environment that nurtures critical thinkers.”

Over the years, Victoria University has established itself has the most unique and relevant private university ever since it was started in 2010.

It has invested heavily in state of the art facilities and classrooms to offer a wholesome education based on research and skills development.

In another interview with News Today Uganda, Dr. Khrisna N. Sharma, the university vice-chancellor, said they are working on establishing an innovations hub at the university.

This means that the coming of the new campus will give the university to innovate, research and teach in a conducive and expansive environment.

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Education Should Build Your Body, Mind And Soul, Graduands Told

Former ICT Minister Dr. Ham Mukasa Mulira, has candidly spoken about the importance of education, calling it the biggest investment parents can give their children.

“Parents struggle to make this possible but sometimes students do not respond positively. Education being the biggest investment.

“It is meant to celebrate your victory after sleepless nights and note that everybody does not get the opportunity,” Dr. Mulira said.

He was speaking as the Commencement Speaker and Guest of Honor at the 4th graduation ceremony of Victoria University which took place on Friday at Speke Resort in Munyonyo.

A total of 50 students from Victoria University graduated from the Faculty of Business and Management, Health Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences and Science and Technology.

Dr. Mulira said there is no end when it comes to education but the beginning of one’s life. “University education is the last chance and education is not only about acquiring knowledge but building the body, mind and soul,” he said.

Dr. Martin Aliker, the Chancellor Victoria University congratulated students, parents and university staff upon this achievement.  

“No one will design life for you and you must do it yourself. Our role is to guide you,” Dr. Aliker told the graduands.

“Therefore, consider it important to have people who can help you follow your passion as you embrace the opportunities available in line with our theme of development change agents” he counselled.

Victoria University Chancellor Dr Martin Jerome Aliker, Vice Associate Prof Krishna N. Sharma and University Director Rajiv Ruparelia presided over the graduation.

Other notable dignitaries that graced the event are Dr David Byatike Matovu the Chairman University Council and Senior Presidential Advisor on ICT Dr Ham Muliira.

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