By Lydia Nsubuga
Student leaders have been called up on to desist from being corrupt and work to serve the students who elected them and the nation as a whole.
This call was made by the Uganda Christian University (UCU) Vice Chancellor, Rev. Canon. Dr. John Senyonyi during the swearing in ceremony of the newly elected members of UCU guild government at the main campus in Mukono today.
Dr. Senyonyi said in most cases when people are elected into offices, they tend to think it is their time to eat as much as they can, a tendency he attributes to the current state of corruption in the country.
“It is not about status or self importance but serving your fellow students and the country as a whole. You are now leaders ,desist from anything that compromises your integrity. Be exemplary to the people you are leading,” Dr. Senyonyi said.
He also thanked them upon finishing the election and going through the transition peacefully using the same function to caution the students in ensuring their personal security following the death of the two students who died last week under unclear circumstances.
“Dear brothers and sisters, I call upon you to take full control of your lives before you think of a second party to help you. Avoid moving very late in the night especially when you are alone. Also be careful of the places you go to especially at night,” He said.
On the other hand, the newly elected and sworn in guild president, Phillip Mugume Baitwa promised to “Walk the Talk”, ensure a corruption free term of office, promote accountability and transparency, serve better, involve the students in the affairs and promote the welfare of the students at the university.