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Late OJOK DAVID: The First Martyr of MUK Hooliganism, an Old Student of Namilyango College!!!

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By Ian Ortega

Every parent’s dream is to see their child graduate and achieve in life. Oteen Tekarukite Ojok David had made his parents dream a reality when he graduated in January this year.

When The Band Perry sang the lines; “If I die young, bury me in satin, make me lie on a bed of roses…” they must have had Ojok in mind. He didn’t just die young, he died at the hands of his fellow students.

But who was Ojok David? He is this young man who had his roots in Apac. From Jinja College to Namilyango College, the young man ended up at the famous Makerere University’s College of Computing aka CIT.

Yet all his dreams and ambitions, all his hard work was pelted with stones and was only represented with his lifeless body having been a victim of mob justice.

A week back, he had visited his Alma Mata to seek payment from his debtor. Little did he know that he was here to seek his death. The Chairman Elect of Nkurumah Hall sighted him near the hall and immediately begun questioning him from east to west. The Chairman demanded for identification from him and on failure to produce an ID, the chairman made an alarm with screams of ‘a thief is here.’

When you cry thief in Makerere, you have aroused the demons that lay in wait in the bodies of most students at this once great University. The students came in large numbers and one by one, in groups, in twos, in dozens, hurled any object that was in their vicinity. They were burning with rage, law students included.

Many describe him as that industrious and brilliant guy. He was short of a few points to take his CGPA to a First Class award. In 2007, he joined Jinja College for his A-Level. He had completed his O-Level from the famous Namilyango College, the oldest secondary school in Uganda.

At the Mulago Mortuary, his body was a testament to the pain he’d been inflicted with. With cuts all over, bruises of all kind, wrackled bones, disfigured body, he was far from the handsome man he’d been months back on his graduation day.

He was a Tech Genius and enthusiast, it is no wonder that his last update on Facebook was of researchers that had hijacked the cockroach brain to make cyborg cockroaches.

He also had a great sense of humour. In his famous narrations, he talked of a little boy he’d asked about the name for a female hyena. The little boy had replied “hyeness.”

Alfred Onek eulogised Ojok saying; “You helped me solve my laptop problem in 2011, it saddens me that I recount such a contribution when you are no more to listen to it.”

The life of the software developer had been shut down, the bugs of hooliganism had infected it.

Condolence Messages continue to flood his Facebook wall.

To many, it’s a pang of reality that has struck so hard, so sharp, where it pains the most. For the young man who was born on 10th October 1989, it seems he deserves a place among the martyrs.

He must be the martyr that represents all those innocent victims of mob justice. For Ojok has provided a mirror upon which Makerere University can see itself, it’s a reflection of the road to hell that MUK has taken.

When one looks at the dead Ojok, it’s not Ojok that’s dead, it’s the once great institution whose death is on the way.

In the coffin where his body lies, also lies his dreams. His dreams now are nothing but used condoms on the floor of a public restroom. Being tramped on, being ignored, being swiped, and finally murdered in seconds.

The Vatican may not call him a martyr but at BigEyeUg, we think he’s one. Perhaps Frank Gashumba was right in his descriptions of the current crop of students. Who knows? Rest in peace Ojok.

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Mengo S.S crowned school debate champions

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Mengo Senior School are winners of the inaugural Uganda schools Debate Championship (USDC), a national debate championship that was conducted at St. Mary’s College Kisubi.

Mengo defeated Seeta high school to take the honors of the highly billed championship organized under the theme, building competitive minds for Uganda’s development.

Over the five days, students discussed topics from among others, the appropriate curriculum that’s suited for Uganda’s development needs to what a just tax system that can enable the development of Uganda’s SME sector would look like.

Organized by Debate Society Uganda, the championship is the climax of the society’s annual schools program which involves debate training and competitions in different regions of the country, from which schools qualify for the national finals.

This year’s championship convened over 200 students from 30 schools in the Northern, Eastern, Western and Central regions of the country. Students took part in activities including debate, public speaking and different conference sessions.

On the eve of the championship’s final, students had an interface with members of parliament in a session graced by the deputy speaker of parliament Rt Hon. Jacob Oulanyah.

Closing the tournament, NRM national treasurer Rose Namayanja emphasized the importance of debate in grooming leaders, noting that she is a product of debate herself. “Platforms like this (USDC) expose you to a diversity of opinion and perspective from across the country, which leave you a more knowledgeable person. I have been a debater since high school, and throughout my days at university. It is because of debate that I picked interest in national leadership.”

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Campusers to get loose with TV star Casmir

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TV star Casmir is yet again set to host a mega party for campusers. Dubbed “Party with Casmir”, it is back big and better and will take place on Saturday, September 28th at Rock Bar.

To be held under the theme, “Get Loose,” it promises to be a fun-filled event with lots of activities lined up to keep revelers entertained all night long from rap battles to artiste performances to deejay showcases among others.

The event will be graced by several artistes including Karole Kasita, Tonix and Big Tril among others while top deejays like Dj Crim and Ali Breezy will be on the decks to keep the party going till late.

Speaking to media on Wednesday, the Campus 1o1 host on Urban TV reiterated that this year’s edition is aimed at encouraging campusers to live with in their means.

“Stop trying to copy the lifestyle you see on social media,” he cautioned. “You should always live with in your means or you will end up in problems.”

“You want the good life, you will have to work hard for it.” He added.

The “Party with Casmir” event, which made it’s debut on the social calendar early last year, brings together campusers from different universities to socialise and network in a fun setting.

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Photos: Campusers enjoy party at Nkozi bash

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It was a fun-filled affair at the Nkozi bash as both freshers and continuing students of Uganda Martyrs University converged at the upscale Bbosa Hostel and partied the night away over the weekend.

The event, dubbed the Nkozi Fresh Bite Bossa Bash, an annual staple of the hostel, was this time around graced by DJs Ssesse and Alza, who had the campusers dancing all-night to hot music mixes, much to their delight.

The majestic hostel’s courtyard was centered by a huge white dome, inside of which was an air-conditioned ambiance, complete with a bar, dancefloor and seating area where some of the revellers were situated throughout the night.

Bbosa Bash is an annual event which usually attracts hundreds of campusers, some of whom come from other universities across the country, all in the name of joining their counterparts for the party.

Here are some photos from the event.

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