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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, help 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, ampoule ” 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.
Police yesterday 25th June, stuff arrested 3 Chinese nationals for illegally operating a betting company in Masaka district.

Investigations revealed that the company was not paying taxes and the owners did not have documents allowing them to stay and work in Uganda.

The Company known as Karate was closed after it failed to pay one of its clients who had gambled and won.

Three of the owners were arrested and police regional spokesperson Noah Serunjoji says a few more are still on the run.


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