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Prof. Sebuwufu warns varsity students against riots

By Francis Emorut

Added 27th April 2016 11:23 AM

"You must remain good citizens amidst political differences and learn how to accommodate opposing views and not to join riots but live in harmony," Sebuwufu said.

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The Vice chancellor of University of Kisubi Prof.John Sebuwufu (left) and the programme coordinator Felistas Apio addressing participants during life skills award ceremony at the university in Wakiso district. Photo by Francis Emorut

"You must remain good citizens amidst political differences and learn how to accommodate opposing views and not to join riots but live in harmony," Sebuwufu said.

As the temperatures of political bickering cools down shortly after the elections, university students have been cautioned against participating in any riots which might cause instability in the country.

The warning was sounded by the Vice chancellor of University of Kisubi Prof. John Sebuwufu, who said the students should control their emotions regardless of which political affiliations they belong.

The Vice chancellor made the remarks during the awards ceremony for students who underwent a four-month training course in personal life skills development at the university in Wakiso district.

"You must remain good citizens amidst political differences and learn how to accommodate opposing views and not to join riots but live in harmony," Sebuwufu said.

Sebuwufu the former Makerere University vice chancellor encouraged students to contain their anger having gone through counseling training on how to manage stress.

He told course participants to work hard and be persistent and innovative to create jobs for themselves.

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leadership has announced national protests demanding for election audit report challenging the victory of President elect Yoweri Museveni who won by 60.7% while his runner up Dr. Kizza Besigye garnered 35.2%.

The life skill development programme introduced in 2007 is meant to help students with skills to live safe and healthy lives.

According to the programme coordinator, Felsita Apio, over 500 students have so far been passed out.

The topics students train on include assertiveness, self- esteem, negotiation skills, how to handle emotions such as fear, love, anger, shyness, peer pressure, effective communication and conflict resolution.

Apio appealed to students to embrace behavior change in HIV/AIDS fight.

The deputy vice chancellor, Dr. Benrad Luwerekera, implored students to be creative and critical thinkers to solve problems they face in life.

"Being a wife and a mother the programme has helped me to avoid stress and how to balance my roles," Doreen Birungi an Information Communication Technology student said.

James Owomuhangi, a teacher noted that the training has helped him build confidence to impart knowledge to his students.

Moses Tumusiime the programme mangager, said the programme has helped to mitigate strikes at the campus.

Students were awarded certificates.

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