Lack of a giving culture in Uganda and Africa in general is impetuously prevalent due to the poverty mentality, Uganda Christian University (UCU) Vice Chancellor Dr John Senyonyi said on Saturday. He was speaking during the annual general assembly of the UCU Alumni association.
Dr. Senyonyi observed that unlike in Uganda, universities in the west are largely aided to advance their strategic plans and developments through donations from former students.
He challenged formers students to give back to the university whatever they have. “Our main challenge is the poverty mentality, which is why we don’t have a culture of giving. It doesn’t have to be Shs10 million, give what you have, even Shs1000 will make a difference,” he said. The UCU Alumni general assembly adopted a new constitution and elected new office bearers in a hotly contested election.
Mr Paul Amoru, trounced two competitors, Moses Byamugisha, a prominent FDC youth leader and mobiliser, and Shadrack Natamba, a junior lecturer at UCU.
Mr Amoru who earlier served between 2005 and 2006 as UCU guild president thanked God for his election and appealed to the Alumni to work together to experiment and to generate ground breaking ideas that will change UCU and the communities they live in. “I Believe ours is a journey, it will be bumpy, but through resilience and hard work, we can build a forum through which the Alumni can enhance cooperation and collectively participate in the development of UCU and Uganda at large.
The UCU Alumni chairperson among other responsibilities is a member of the university council, the highest decision making organ. Dr. Senyonyi asked the Alumni to contribute money to help clear outstanding debts on the construction of the recently opened Hamu Mukasa library.
Uganda Christian University was founded when the historic Bishop Tucker Theological College was promoted as a university in 1997. Bishop Tucker Theological College trained clergy and educators during its 84-year history from 1913-1997. The local chief, Hamu Mukasa, granted land for the college to operate.