MUKONO — President Yoweri Museveni has donated UGX. 80m towards an initiative to support financially underprivileged students to progress in their academic ventures at Uganda Christian University.
The President who was guest of honor contributed UGX30 million cash and pledged another 50 million towards the same.
“I’ll put in UGX. 80 million towards the cause but I came with 30 million. I will pay the UGX. 50 million later.” He said
Museveni also pledged to help the institution on installing security lights along the Bishop Tucker road.
“The government will come in a help on the installation of security lights, he added.
Museveni has also asked the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to stop collecting income tax from private universities.
The President who claimed that he had no idea that private institutions have been paying taxes said: “Let that money be used to develop the science laboratories.”
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga had last month acknowledged that many private academic institutions were facing high taxes on operations, and had committed to engage President Museveni to write to URA to identify institutions for exemption.
The UCU Guild President Mr Timothy Kadaga asked the both Mr. Museveni and Speaker Kadaga to rally MPs to support their cause.
The Minister for Gender Ms. Peace Mutuuza applauded the UCU guild government on their Nobel cause saying: “You can only be defined by the values that you stand for and as UCU you have defined that.”
She also urged students to engage themselves in such runs citing that they promote good health.
“Always engage yourselves in such runs as they it’s healthy and also an opportunity to develop talent in sports.” She said
The Annual UCU Run aims at raising funds to among others, provide tuition support to needy students as well as set up security lights around hostels near the university.
The Guild President of UCU Kampala Campus Mark Agaba, recently revealed that they were also organizing a leadership summit to promote growth and sustainability among students.