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UCU bans non-Anglicans from worshipping at campus

The Mukono based Uganda Christian University Mukono Thursday announced a ban of non-Anglicans from worshipping at the institution’s main campus.

Rev Can Dr John Ssenyonyi, the University Vice Chancellor on Thursday said the institution is founded on the Anglican faith and values and therefore needs to be respected and protected from interference by other religious faiths like Catholicism, savedees and Muslims, among others.

According to Rev Ssenyonyi, all worship which is not Anglican and that accepted by the University’s Chaplaincy should be conducted outside the university campus.

This is not the first time UCU is reported in the media for issuing controversial policies.

In June 2014, the institution forced its female students to take random pregnancy tests, and expelled those who were pregnant.

Bishop Barham College in Kabale district, which is affiliated to the Uganda Christian University, suspended 26 females following the first round of tests, and expelled three for illegitimate – read: outside of marriage – pregnancies.

The students accused the University for acting harshly as they were not given the chance to defend themselves.

Far from being typical of institutions in the African country, UCU appears to be acting alone.

The university has also been widely criticized for molding students like nuns or reverends, yet a university has to bring up people with critical minds.

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