BY STANDARD WRITERS
His Grace Dr. Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu has been installed as the 4th Chancellor of Uganda Christian University (UCU). The instruments of services were handed over to him by Rt Rev Jackson Nzerebende Tembo, Dean of the province of the Church of Uganda at a function held at the main campus in Mukono.
Dr. Kaziimba, who was enthroned as the 9th Archbishop of the Church of Uganda on March 1 is officially the chancellor of UCU a Church founded University.
The coronation function on Friday began at 11:00am and lasted for only two hours in a bid to conform to the government’s directive to close all academic institutions that day.
Out of the ordinary, a handful must attendees like the deans of faculty, heads of departments and directors, honored the event with a scattered sitting arrangement and no human contact at all.
Dr. Kaziimba expressed his delight to be back home to serve the university he pioneered as a student and graduate.
“UCU holds a special place in my heart. It is at UCU that I was formed into ministry. I am a proud alumnus, having attended Bishop Tucker Theological college from 1994-1996,” Dr. Kaziimba said
He thanked President Yoweri Museveni for his intervention in the Ntawo land wrangle through Lt Col Edith Nakalema. Dr. Kaziimba noted that UCU and the Church of Uganda are currently finding themselves in a difficult position since the remaining portion of land that UCU has control over. It is also on the verge of being grabbed by unknown persons, supported by unknown security persons claiming political and local authority support.
He also thanked the late Hamu Mukasa a former chief of Kyagwe in the Buganda Kingdom and the entire Buganda government for seeing it fit to donate the land on which UCU is situated.
The archbishop also called upon the government to seriously consider partnering with nonprofit institutions such as the Church of Uganda to ensure a quality education for the nation.
He promised to actively engage the government to ensure implementation of certain projects like the tarmacking the Bishop Tucker road that leads to the University from Mukono town and the installing of street lights as pledged by the President at the UCU Annual Run, 2020. He also vowed to work closely with the university council and management to ensure alternative funding for the University.
Right Rev Prof Alfred Olwa, the bishop of Lango Diocese, who was the main preacher, advised the chancellor to trust in God and his promises.
The Vice-Chancellor, Dr John Senyonyi explained why he sat in the Chancellor’s seat before asking the officer in charge of performing the coronation role to kick off with the task.
The function ended with a cake cutting session that had an unusually small number of participants sanitized before. One could tell, Coronavirus panic was at a high level since medical personnel were on standby taking temperature measurements at the entrance as well as sanitizing the entrants.