MULERA'S FIREPLACE

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Uganda then and now

Amazing what the brain does to the information that’s uploaded during childhood. It becomes rather hard to erase and replace
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Uganda then and now

Mburara’s Igongo Cultural Centre: eclipses Biharwe’s spectacular past

During our recent holidays, my wife and I, in the mood to thoroughly revisit her home area of Nkore and
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Mburara’s Igongo Cultural Centre: eclipses Biharwe’s spectacular past

Banyakigyezi Convention in Canada to promote tourism in our homeland

The impact of Kigyezi’s beauty on the spirits of a first-time visitor is always a joy to watch. Last December,
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Banyakigyezi Convention in Canada to promote tourism in our homeland

Paulo Ngorogoza of Kigezi: the tragedy of neglect

My sadness at the state of the neglected palace of Ankole’s last king and the house of its first prime
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Paulo Ngorogoza of Kigezi: the tragedy of neglect

Remembering Karekaho Karegyesa: privileged, humble servant.

  The death of the Honourable Karekaho mwene Karegyesa ka Makobore wa Muhoozi has left me with very mixed emotions. I
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Remembering Karekaho Karegyesa: privileged, humble servant.

Neglected home and legacy of Ankole’s greatest leader

The pitiful state of Mugaba, the palace of Omugabe of Ankole, did not prepare us for the shocking condition of
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Neglected home and legacy of Ankole’s greatest leader

Shame on you, Banyankore!

Ugandan tourism promoters give disproportionate weight to our country’s abundant wild animals and other popular destinations. These are magnificent, of
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Shame on you, Banyankore!

Enoch Lugimbirwa: saved to serve.

It was a great honour to share time with Mr. Enoch Lugimbirwa in Mburara, Nkore in January this year. A
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Enoch Lugimbirwa: saved to serve.

Welcome to this Fireplace where we:

  1. Share information and views about East Africa. There is a great story to tell about the history, politics, economy, culture, tourist opportunities and health status of each of the Member States of the East African Community.
  2. Share information and views about Canada, from the perspective of East Africans living and/or doing business there.
  3. Share personal interests in music and books, as well as profiles of people whose lives and/or works have had an impact on my life, my thinking and my hopes for a better world.
  4. Engage in reasoned, respectful and balanced discussion of issues of interest to East Africa.

Thoughts are free and everyone has a right to freely express them. Welcome, explore this site, then sit by The Fireplace and enrich us with your ideas.

Better still, tour East Africa and enjoy the beauty of a part of the world that is the cradle of humankind. You will be glad you did.

My kind of books

Dr. Mulera - Colour Bar

"COLOUR BAR"

Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams of Botswana, were one of the most justly respected political couples in post-independence Africa.

Seretse was a brown-skinned Motswana prince and Ruth a pink-skinned English commoner, united in one of the greatest love stories of the last century. Battered by ancient traditions in their respective countries, as well as deep and overt racism in the United Kingdom and South Africa, the young lovers triumphed against the storms to become Botswana's first post-independence First Couple.

This masterfully researched and written account by Suzan Williams is one I have read twice and will likely read again. Sir Seretse Khama was the most genuine democrat to serve as president of an African country before Nelson Mandela. This book helps explain the man and his distinguished leadership of Botswana.

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My kind of music

Dr. Mulera - Shades of Redd

"Shades of Redd"

This is, perhaps, the best of Freddie Redd's rather small discography. His piano playing is masterful and sweet. With first rate playing by his sidemen, it is a classic Blue Note date that should please bop aficionados.

Recorded on August 13, 1960 and released in May 1961, this is one of the finest illustrations of the Blue Note sound and music that remains a high point in the story of recorded Jazz music. Indispensable Jazz.

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ICOB

Dr. Mulera - ICOB

International Community of Banyakigezi [ICOB]

The International Community of Banyakigezi [ICOB] is a non-profit organization whose mission is the promotion of the cultural, social and economic interests of Abanyakigezi in Uganda and the Diaspora. Founded in 2003, ICOB supports technical and other vocational education in Kigezi, Uganda through the Kigezi Education Fund.

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MULERA'S FIREPLACE

Munini's Blog Fireplace

Uganda then and now

Amazing what the brain does to the information that’s uploaded during childhood. It becomes rather hard to erase and replace
Read More
Uganda then and now

Mburara’s Igongo Cultural Centre: eclipses Biharwe’s spectacular past

During our recent holidays, my wife and I, in the mood to thoroughly revisit her home area of Nkore and
Read More
Mburara’s Igongo Cultural Centre: eclipses Biharwe’s spectacular past

Banyakigyezi Convention in Canada to promote tourism in our homeland

The impact of Kigyezi’s beauty on the spirits of a first-time visitor is always a joy to watch. Last December,
Read More
Banyakigyezi Convention in Canada to promote tourism in our homeland

Paulo Ngorogoza of Kigezi: the tragedy of neglect

My sadness at the state of the neglected palace of Ankole’s last king and the house of its first prime
Read More
Paulo Ngorogoza of Kigezi: the tragedy of neglect

Remembering Karekaho Karegyesa: privileged, humble servant.

  The death of the Honourable Karekaho mwene Karegyesa ka Makobore wa Muhoozi has left me with very mixed emotions. I
Read More
Remembering Karekaho Karegyesa: privileged, humble servant.

Neglected home and legacy of Ankole’s greatest leader

The pitiful state of Mugaba, the palace of Omugabe of Ankole, did not prepare us for the shocking condition of
Read More
Neglected home and legacy of Ankole’s greatest leader

Shame on you, Banyankore!

Ugandan tourism promoters give disproportionate weight to our country’s abundant wild animals and other popular destinations. These are magnificent, of
Read More
Shame on you, Banyankore!

Enoch Lugimbirwa: saved to serve.

It was a great honour to share time with Mr. Enoch Lugimbirwa in Mburara, Nkore in January this year. A
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Enoch Lugimbirwa: saved to serve.

What was Uganda’s Kale Kayihura thinking?

  I am completely indifferent to Kale Kayihura’s dismissal from the office of Inspector General of Police. If anything, I am
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What was Uganda’s Kale Kayihura thinking?

My kind of person: Mary Mbeetabaitu Katanywa

Mrs. Katanywa. That’s all one needs to mention in Mburara, Nkore. No identifiers necessary. Everybody who is informed – and
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My kind of person: Mary Mbeetabaitu Katanywa

Godfrey Katanywa’s hair and the struggle for freedom

In the struggle for freedom, those who do things quietly often go unrecognized.  One example of this is Godfrey Karangwa
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Godfrey Katanywa’s hair and the struggle for freedom

Blessed Bishakas of Ibanda

It was one of those precious moments that occupy a special place in one’s heart and memory. On Wednesday January
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Blessed Bishakas of Ibanda

Grateful to Uganda’s Great Generation

The ranks of Uganda’s Great Generation have been pruned so thin that we, their offspring, are expected to be the
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Grateful to Uganda’s Great Generation

Zabuloni Kabaza: Living For Christ and His Kingdom

It was a joy to spend precious time with our dear friend, brother and mentor, Omugurusi Zabuloni Kabaza at his
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Zabuloni Kabaza: Living For Christ and His Kingdom

Budo co-education@85: How have the girls done?  

It was an inspired measure when the Board of Governors of King’s College, Budo acceded to the recommendation by Rev.
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Budo co-education@85: How have the girls done?  

Treat all passengers at Entebbe airport as VIPs

I am writing this aboard an Emirates flight from Dubai, floating 32,000 feet above the sea, with 10,000 km to
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Treat all passengers at Entebbe airport as VIPs

Borderless living at Uganda’s borders

In January last year, on a visit to my ancestral home in Kahondo-ka-Byamamarembo, I invited my cousins to join me
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Borderless living at Uganda’s borders

Nalongo Alice Nannyunga Muleto: a worker with great love and faith

  Dignity. Honour. Reverence. Thanksgiving. These are some of the words that capture the occasion at Saint Paul’s Cathedral, Kako, Masaka
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Nalongo Alice Nannyunga Muleto: a worker with great love and faith

Memories of a beautiful Equator on Kampala-Masaka Highway

  In my youth, one of the highlights of a journey along the Kampala-Kabaare Highway was a stop at The Equator.
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Memories of a beautiful Equator on Kampala-Masaka Highway

ICOB-Uganda Chapter Convention in Kisoro will be a perfect ending to the year

ICOB Uganda Chapter Convention 2017 Kisoro, Bufumbira Starts: December 27, 2017 @ 6:00 pm Ends: December 29, 2017 @ 12:00 midnight Place: Kisoro Town,
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ICOB-Uganda Chapter Convention in Kisoro will be a perfect ending to the year

May Ugandan MPs and clergy find the courage of the Three Wise Men

Ruling politicians in undemocratic countries love to tell other people to avoid political comment. Yoweri K. Museveni, the Ugandan ruler,
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May Ugandan MPs and clergy find the courage of the Three Wise Men

Worrisome political trends in Africa’s Great Lakes Region

The state of politics in our great lakes region continues to show a worrisome trend. As Kenya celebrates 54 years
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Worrisome political trends in Africa’s Great Lakes Region

Mugisha Muntu and the search for clean politics

When Mugisha Muntu, the former president of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), called a press conference last week, there
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Mugisha Muntu and the search for clean politics

Besigye/Amuriat victory sets FDC on a clearer path

After a gruelling but free competition for its top position, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has elected Patrick Oboi
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Besigye/Amuriat victory sets FDC on a clearer path

Makerere Medical School Class of 1977: triumph despite adversity

  When members of the Makerere Medical School Class of 1977 gather in Kampala during the weekend of November 10-12 for
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Makerere Medical School Class of 1977:  triumph despite adversity

Deadly combination of human folly and greed

  Human folly. Human greed. Combine the two and you have a human tragedy that is as predictable as death. Yes,
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Deadly combination of human folly and greed

2017 military invasion of Parliament worse than the 1966 edition

The playwright or Hollywood scriptwriter has plenty of material to produce a great drama, even a thriller, out of the
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2017 military invasion of Parliament worse than the 1966 edition

Kadaga’s political suicide may not be as fatal as Kategaya’s

Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of the Uganda Parliament, who is said to have had thoughts of becoming president of Uganda,
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Kadaga’s political suicide may not be as fatal as Kategaya’s

Kisiizi Hospital post-floods update – By Dr. Ian Spillman, Medical Superintendent, Kisiizi

Dr. Ian Spillman and his team are working very hard  to restore Kisiizi Hospital to a safe place for patients,
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Kisiizi Hospital post-floods update – By Dr. Ian Spillman, Medical Superintendent, Kisiizi

Kisiizi Hospital in Uganda urgently needs your help

Dear friends, Kisiizi Hospital, one of the best managed community general hospitals in rural East Africa, has been devastated by floods. I
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Kisiizi Hospital in Uganda urgently needs your help

In Defense of Yoweri Museveni

We have seen this movie before. Multiple episodes since 1962. Different actors. Same producers. Same script. Just a variation on
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In Defense of Yoweri Museveni

Kisiizi Hospital tragedy a wake-up call for all of us

  In recent days, the springs of the great deep have burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens have been
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Kisiizi Hospital tragedy a wake-up call for all of us

Sergei Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor Op.18

When it comes to top tier piano concertos, we are spoiled for choices. I could spend the rest of my
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Sergei Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor Op.18

From Kisiizi, Kigyezi to Keystone,Florida: Disaster preparedness is national security

The Atlantic Ocean is angry. Hurricane Harvey, a devastating tropical cyclone, has left Houston and other Southern Texas communities disabled
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From Kisiizi, Kigyezi to Keystone,Florida:  Disaster preparedness is national security

Kenyan capitalism at the heart of its march towards greatness

Delivering last week’s landmark ruling that nullified the results of Kenya’s presidential elections, Chief Justice David Kenani Maraga said: “The
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Kenyan capitalism at the heart of its march towards greatness

Message to Yoweri Museveni

My dear president Who art in Entebbe Hear this young man In next door Kenya Accept the verdict of Court Finding against him.   Hear him say Beautiful
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Message to Yoweri Museveni

The Doctor who would like to be Jennifer Musisi’s driver

Dr. Silvia Awor, an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Gulu University, followed an academic track at Class A institutions. High school
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The Doctor who would like to be Jennifer Musisi’s driver

Charade behind lifting Uganda’s presidential age limit

Ugandan President Yoweri K. Museveni, who will be 77 years old at the time of the next elections in 2021,
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Charade behind lifting Uganda’s presidential age limit

Finland in our hearts today!

Our thoughts and prayers For the people of Turku and all of Finland At this time of terror in your midst. At moments
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Finland in our hearts today!

In Solidarity With the People of Spain

Terror against anyone is terror against me. From this Ugandan citizen of the World, To the people of Barcelona and all of
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In Solidarity With the People of Spain

MUGISHA MUNTU: A democrat in words and deed

Gregory Mugisha Muntu, the President of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), likes to remind his fellow politicians that they
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MUGISHA MUNTU: A democrat in words and deed

Congratulations Mr. Kenyatta, but it is not yet Uhuru

Damacline Marube, a Kenyan woman who lives in Nairobi’s Mathare Valley slum, lost her daughter on Friday. The little girl,
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Congratulations Mr. Kenyatta, but it is not yet Uhuru

Banyakigyezi meeting in USA about poverty alleviation, not partisan politics

  Where two or three Banyakigezi gather in the name of their region, questions are raised in some quarters. What are
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Banyakigyezi meeting in USA about poverty alleviation, not partisan politics

State of ICOB in 2017:Confident, Focused, Revitalized

My fellow Banyakigezi, It is an honour to report to you that as we celebrate the fourteenth anniversary of the birth
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State of ICOB in 2017:Confident, Focused, Revitalized

No contradiction in being political but non-partisan

Can a group or organization be politically active but non-partisan? Is it possible for people who support different political parties
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No contradiction in being political but non-partisan

African rulers and their choice of death abroad

  Uganda’s current rulers and their associates spend millions of public dollars on their healthcare abroad, complete with comfortable digs for
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African rulers and their choice of death abroad

What does a sick Ugandan do? Good question, Ms. Kadaga

  Three Ugandan politicians have died in the last three weeks. Maria Lubega Mutagamba, a former minister of tourism died from
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What does a sick Ugandan do? Good question, Ms. Kadaga

Banyakigyezi Convention in Florida USA to strategize on empowering youth and communities

  To the unaware, a headline in the Daily Monitor of April 27 was alarming. “Banyakigezi global chapter splits,” the headline
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Banyakigyezi Convention in Florida USA to strategize on empowering youth and communities

Social status and justice in Uganda

I do not wish to litigate or interrogate the case of Herbert Kabafunzaki, a Ugandan MP who is accused of corruption,
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Social status and justice in Uganda

Success of Uganda’s new districts depends on you and me

The anticipated birth of Uganda’s latest districts on July 1, 2017 triggers different emotions in different people. Some are hopeful.
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Success of Uganda’s new districts depends on you and me

Five African Airlines among the World’s Top 100 in Skytrax 2017 Survey

The results of the 2017 Skytrax survey of air travellers have ranked 5 African Airlines among the World’s Top 100. The
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Five African Airlines among the World’s Top 100 in Skytrax 2017 Survey

Lift the age limit

Uganda’s educated youth are restless. They want to inherit power and responsibility now. Many see anyone above 60 years of
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Lift the age limit

Rukiga District needs a small and efficient government

There is divided opinion about the purpose and consequences of the unprecedented speed at which Uganda has been curved into
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Rukiga District needs a small and efficient government

Reconditioned politicians and democratic feudalism

They are back! Yes, Hillary and Joe, as in Clinton and Biden, some of the permanent fixtures in American presidential
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Reconditioned politicians and democratic feudalism

Back to the future: Journey from WK to Makerere- By Prof. Greg Lebona

End of term, December 3 1970, 10.30 am; the parking lot was bubbling with excitement as pupils exchanged goodbyes. My
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Back to the future: Journey from WK to Makerere- By Prof. Greg Lebona

Twenty years of writing and murdering the English language

It was Charles Onyango-Obbo who invited me to write a weekly column in The Monitor, a Ugandan daily newspaper. He
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Twenty years of writing and murdering the English language

Post-election ICOB-Uganda crisis resolved

The Uganda Chapter of the International Community of Banyakigyezi (ICOB-UC) was recently in the news, and not for a good
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Post-election ICOB-Uganda crisis resolved

Our freedom is in prison with Stella Nyanzi

Two Ugandan women, both of them Christians, are at war with each other. Dr. Stella Nyanzi, a university researcher specializing
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Our freedom is in prison with Stella Nyanzi

Farewell Seforooza muhara wa Ruraara rwa Mikaro-Rugwisa

Her name was Seforooza muhara wa Ruraara rwa Mikaro-Rugwisa rwa Bugashu bwa Rushwiga rwa Nyamiyonga ya Rwego rwa Birondoorwa bya
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Farewell Seforooza muhara wa Ruraara rwa Mikaro-Rugwisa

Neil Bonnell: a passion for teaching, a passion for life.

One of the reasons I enjoyed my high school years at King’s College, Budo, Uganda was the very high quality
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Neil Bonnell: a passion for teaching, a passion for life.

Herbert Karugaba

  Herbert Rheno Karugaba is a Munyakigyezi lawyer who was born 61 years ago at Masindi Hospital, in the great Bunyoro-Kitara
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Herbert Karugaba

Kabafunzaki-Hamid saga is an indictment of Museveni regime

Herbert Kabafunzaki has already been found guilty in the court of public opinion. People do not need concrete evidence to
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Kabafunzaki-Hamid saga is an indictment of Museveni regime

Old man’s crisis of patriotism

An old man's neighbour in Kigyezi The Old Man in Mparo, Kigyezi, Uganda struggles to get up from his bed.
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Old man’s crisis of patriotism

Accept your fate, for that was your choice

FROM THE ARCHIVES Letter to a Kampala Friend July 23, 2001 By Muniini K. Mulera In Toronto Dr. Kizza Besigye: Like Beethoven, was deeply
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Accept your fate, for that was your choice

Museveni-Besigye talks: a necessary prelude to national dialogue

There has been understandable skepticism by some and cautious relief by others upon learning that President Yoweri K. Museveni and Dr.
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Museveni-Besigye talks: a necessary prelude to national dialogue

Floods and landslides are not God’s will

Omugurusi Ezra Kisigo Mulera in Mparo, after the rains (late 1980/early90s). Photo by Edward Nobel Bisamunyu After the dry season,
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Floods and landslides are not God’s will

Friday March 18, 1977 – Graduation Day, Makerere University, Kampala

Graduation Day, Friday March 18, 1977 - From left to right: Dr. Gregory Thabiso Lebona, Dr. Muniini K. Mulera,
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Friday March 18, 1977 – Graduation Day, Makerere University, Kampala

Horace Parlan: the triumph of a genius of Jazz piano

  Horace Parlan: b. January 19, 1931 Pittsburgh, PA, USA d. February 23, 2017 Korsor, Denmark Horace Parlan, a giant
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Horace Parlan: the triumph of a genius of Jazz piano

Celebrate Women’s Day but the destination remains distant

Tilling the land, an African woman's burden, right from early childhood. Forgive me my sisters and women friends, but this
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Celebrate Women’s Day but the destination remains distant

East African Legislative Assembly: choose able and experienced Pan-Africanists

The mandate of the third East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) expires on June 4. A new class of representatives, nine
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East African Legislative Assembly: choose able and experienced Pan-Africanists

Birthday toast to Robert Gabriel Mugabe at 93

Happy birthday Mr. President! Your birth on February 21, 1924 in Kutama, Rhodesia was a blessed event for your people.   We thank
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Birthday toast to Robert Gabriel Mugabe at 93

Trump bursting myth of “white” supremacy

  God has a great sense of humor. In 2001, He gives America George W. Bush as its 43rd president. After
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Trump bursting myth of “white” supremacy

Yes, honor Dr. Margaret Mungherera in Parliament

Of the many beautiful tributes and eulogies last week in memory of the late Dr. Margaret Mungherera, I was especially
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Yes, honor Dr. Margaret Mungherera in Parliament

Dr. Margaret Mungherera on Keeping Alive & Well: A balancing act for doctors

In this keynote speech, delivered at the meeting of the Kenya Medical Association in Kisumu in April 2016, Dr. Margaret
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Dr. Margaret Mungherera on Keeping Alive & Well: A balancing act for doctors

Kigezi High School Junior: Recalling the history-making Class of ’66

It was our great luck that we should be the group that would close the chapter on the junior high
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Kigezi High School Junior: Recalling the history-making Class of ’66

Dr. Margaret Mungherera lived for a cause

Dr. Margaret Mungherera, dead at 59. Hard to write that. Last time I met her, Margaret was so full of
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Dr. Margaret Mungherera lived for a cause

Memories of Budo and the Ian and Dorothy Robinson Chapel

  Exactly fifty years ago today, I entered King’s College, Budo, to begin a secondary school education that would become the
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Memories of Budo and the Ian and Dorothy Robinson Chapel

An afternoon at Budo in 1996

Wednesday, April 24, 1996 By Muniini K. Mulera Today is Wednesday, April 24, 1996 and I am visiting King’s College Budo on this lovely
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An afternoon at Budo in 1996

Muhabura- The Guide: a photo-essay

All photos in this essay shot with a cellphone.   She straddles the Uganda-Rwanda border with a silent majesty. Muhabura (The Guide),
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Muhabura- The Guide: a photo-essay

Sun kisses Lake Bunyonyi goodnight

Lake Bunyonyi, Kigezi. The Sun kisses her good night on the evening of January 9, 2017. What words can express
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Sun kisses Lake Bunyonyi goodnight

Poor roads stunt Kigezi’s development

I am in Kigezi, enjoying the warmth and hospitality of Banyakigezi, renewing old friendships, catching up on developments in the
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Poor roads stunt Kigezi’s development

My first pair of shoes

My wife and I once shared an apartment with a Ugandan friend. Born and raised in Kampala, Nakalema (not her
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My first pair of shoes

I need your financial help this Christmas

Christmas is here again. The tills and money boxes of the merchants ring with joy, not in remembrance of the
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I need your financial help this Christmas

Herbert “Kabwondera” Bakesigaki: master of Enanga (African zither)

We remember you Herbert "Kabwondera" Bakesigaki. We celebrate your talent, your sound, your poetry, your contribution to the preservation of
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Herbert “Kabwondera” Bakesigaki: master of Enanga (African zither)

Agaba’s death and the dark spirit in the land

The death of George Ninsiima Agaba in a horrific motor accident on Saturday was a terrible tragedy for two reasons. First
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Agaba’s death and the dark spirit in the land

Kigezi District Council Members 1961

Dr. James Mugisha gwa Kikira kya Mbagyeruka gave me a printed copy of this photograph more than ten years ago.
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Kigezi District Council Members 1961

Katiikiri: The man who fed future leaders

Memories of 1966 flood black with torrential force. That bloody year of political and military turmoil stands out like a
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Katiikiri: The man who fed future leaders

Salutations Mwai, Mugane and Moi

Be humble friends, be humble! Live and please let live Serve with good heart, my friends The alternative is never worth it.   I honour
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Salutations Mwai, Mugane and Moi

Transformative education powers prosperity

Fifty years ago this week, we completed Junior High School and entered history books as the last group to take
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Transformative education powers prosperity

Give evicted Kampala street vendors a soft landing

Give evicted Kampala street vendors a soft landing I salute Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) leaders for firing four of
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Give evicted Kampala street vendors a soft landing

Chris Mwesigye Bishaka: a refreshingly independent thinker

Chris Mwesigye Bishaka is a Real Estate Developer in Ibanda, Nkore, Uganda. Born in Bubaare, Ibanda on August 16, 1958,
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Chris Mwesigye Bishaka: a refreshingly independent thinker

Trump thriller is about to begin

 I got it completely wrong. It is no consolation that I was not alone in believing that America would not
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Trump thriller is about to begin

Democracy: Mencken’s thoughts on this incomparably idiotic and amusing system

There once lived an American man called Henry Louis Mencken, one whose writings unfailingly give pleasure and annoyance; challenge received
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Democracy: Mencken’s thoughts on this incomparably idiotic and amusing system

Dr. Michael Liri Amone Abongomera (1951-2016)

It is with deep shock and sadness that I have learnt of the premature death of my medical school classmate
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Dr. Michael Liri Amone Abongomera (1951-2016)

Choices: Stand up for human rights or abet torture with silence

A Facebook friend, posted a video recording last week of a very dangerous and chaotic scene where people wearing yellow
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Choices: Stand up for human rights or abet torture with silence

Dexter Gordon’s Timeless Tenor Saxophone

Dexter Keith Gordon (February 27, 1923 – April 25, 1990) was a giant in the literal and professional sense. At
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Dexter Gordon’s Timeless Tenor Saxophone

Lou Donaldson at 90, still playing on

Lou Donaldson, the alto saxophonist who turned 90 on November 1, 2016, is the last living and performing member of
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Lou Donaldson at 90, still playing on

Memories of a great city before Kampalitis struck

I first set foot in Kampala 50 years ago. An indelible image of early 1966 Kampala is that of what looked
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Memories of a great city before Kampalitis struck

Encounters with Classical Music

  Like many people, I first came in contact with classical European music in my early childhood when I started attending
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Encounters with Classical Music

Jazz and Me

  Jazz and Me I did not appreciate Jazz music until 1978 when I met George Cook, a wonderful African American from
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Jazz and Me

My Kind of Music: Whistle Stop with Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley et al

Thursday October 27, 2016 It started snowing early this morning. First snow of the season. Cold day outside. After a long day
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My Kind of Music: Whistle Stop with Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley et al

Trump’s gift to Africa’s dictators

Donald J. Trump will not accept the results of next month’s US presidential elections unless he wins. His words, not
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Trump’s gift to Africa’s dictators

Free press crucial for democratization

  The great story of the American presidential election is not the vigorous and level ground competition that is on display.
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Free press crucial for democratization

Jinja triplet deaths compounded by news media distortions

It appears that the Monitor report that triplets died last week because the mother had been refused admission to Jinja
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Jinja triplet deaths compounded by news media distortions

Bud Powell: Genius of the piano – his music lives!

Happy birthday to all friends who were born on September 27! You share the date with the great genius of
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Bud Powell: Genius of the piano – his music lives!

Michelle Obama’s classy act of resistance against bigotry

I have another good reason to visit Washington DC, a city I never seem to have enough of. The National Museum
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Michelle Obama’s classy act of resistance against bigotry

John Coltrane at 90

John Coltrane would have been 90 years old today. Whereas there have been many great Jazz Saxophone players, to my
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John Coltrane at 90

Ugandan MPs and their demand for VIP funerals

  Ugandan MPs continue to shock us with their shamefully unquenchable thirst for public cash. In a country where 67 per
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Ugandan MPs and their demand for VIP funerals

Legacy of a man of obscure birth and no connections

One of my favorite hymns is “Sweet Hour of Prayer”, a poem that is credited to William W. Walford, who
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Legacy of a man of obscure birth and no connections

Are Ugandan MPs’ junkets to Diaspora gatherings worth the taxpayer’s money?

A very large delegation of Ugandan MPs and other government officials spent this past weekend attending the Ugandan North American
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Are Ugandan MPs’ junkets to Diaspora gatherings worth the taxpayer’s money?

Professor Alexander Odonga: outstanding symbol of Ugandan professionalism

We lost Professor Alexander Mwa Odonga last week. Our friend and mentor, who taught us surgery at Makerere University Medical
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Professor Alexander Odonga: outstanding symbol of Ugandan professionalism

Thank you for the music Rudy Van Gelder (1924-2016)

If, like me, you consider the great Jazz recordings from the 1950s and 60s on Blue Note, Prestige and Impulse
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Thank you for the music Rudy Van Gelder (1924-2016)

Break the chains of dependency: Tusaba Gavumenti Tweyambe

Tusaba Gavumenti Etuyambe is a cynical take on the pervasive culture of dependency, entitlement and unlimited power of the state.
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Break the chains of dependency: Tusaba Gavumenti Tweyambe

Beware of the dark world of the Internet

    Social media like Facebook and WhatsApp are valuable tools for communication of positive and constructive information. However, they are also dangerous
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Beware of the dark world of the Internet

Lalo Symphonie Espagnole: timeless beauty of the violin

Composer: Edouard Lalo 1823-1892), Frenchman Music: Symphonie Espagnole in D Minor, Op. 21 This is a violin concerto, composed in 1874. A timeless,
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Lalo Symphonie Espagnole: timeless beauty of the violin

Sublime music of Charles-Camille Saint Saens guaranteed to please

I have spent the afternoon with Charles-Camille Saint Saens (9 October 9, 1835 – December 16, 1921), the French composer whose
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Sublime music of Charles-Camille Saint Saens guaranteed to please

Memories of England’s troublesome beauty

I write this aboard an Air Canada flight from London to Toronto, racing at 848 km per hour, 11 kilometers
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Memories of England’s troublesome beauty

ICOB@13: Teen Challenge

Speech at the Annual Convention of Banyakigezi London, UK Saturday July 23, 2016 It is always a great pleasure to stand before a
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ICOB@13: Teen Challenge

London Convention to usher ICOB into teenage

I have been in London since Saturday, enjoying the cool but comfortable summer while looking forward to the fourteenth annual
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London Convention to usher ICOB into teenage

Time to get tough on all Ugandan road users

The escalating carnage on Uganda’s highways has left many people declaring that the roads “are finishing us!” The Kampala-Gulu Highway’s
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Time to get tough on all Ugandan road users

Lessons for ICOB from Canada and the World Jewish Congress

In the 35 years that I have lived in Canada, I have been most impressed by the citizens’ ability to
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Lessons for ICOB from Canada and the World Jewish Congress

Canada@149

Canada officially came into being on July 1, 1867. This is Confederation Day that we celebrated today, with the quiet
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Canada@149

Democracy: Promiscuous Mistress

  Democracy. The mere mention of this word can induce joy and hope, rage and violence. Like love, democracy is a
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Democracy: Promiscuous Mistress

Where in Central Africa did R.W. Felkin observe a Caesarean delivery in 1879?

The case of a caesarean delivery in pre-colonial Central Africa that was described by Robert William Felkin has caused some
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Where in Central Africa did R.W. Felkin observe a Caesarean delivery in 1879?

Surgery and operating rooms- the journey continues

In the blog on Caesarean Section in Buganda in 1879, we reproduce the report of a surgical delivery of a
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Surgery and operating rooms- the journey continues

Caesarean section in Buganda in 1879

FROM THE TINGASIGA ARCHIVES: February 1, 1999 Dear Tingasiga: The last palace of Kabaka Mutesa I at Kasubi-Nabulagala, is perhaps the most
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Caesarean section in Buganda in 1879

Photoessay of Traditional woven dinnerware

Here are examples of  three millet bread baskets from my part of the world (Rwanda and Kigezi).  They come in different
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Photoessay of Traditional woven dinnerware

Amaziina G’enogo and Millet Bread Etiquette of the Bakiga

  Few things are as culturally painful as watching a modern school-educated Mukiga or Munyankore eating oburo (millet bread) and enyama
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Amaziina G’enogo and Millet Bread Etiquette of the Bakiga

Ugandans for Peace must insist on non-violence

The news of the multiple murders of people in the military barracks at Makindye, Kampala, has left me deeply saddened.
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Ugandans for Peace must insist on non-violence

Scrap academic requirements for MPs and other leaders

Academic qualifications are overrated as a measure of ability in political leadership. It was my stated view during the Constitution
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Scrap academic requirements for MPs and other leaders

Leaders should put Kigezi first, self last

Written in  January 2013 I have spent the last week in Kigezi, the one place I am happier than anywhere else
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Leaders should put Kigezi first, self last

John Coltrane – Locomotion on Blue Train

It is futile to attempt to describe music with words. Please listen and see why I love Jazz played by
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John Coltrane – Locomotion on Blue Train

Background To The Uganda Budget 2016-17

  Background To The Uganda Budget FY 2016.17-08.06.2016  
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Background To The Uganda Budget 2016-17

Museveni’s remarks regarding Budget 2016

Museveni introduction to Budget 2016
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Museveni’s remarks regarding Budget 2016

Muhammad Ali’s greatness was outside the boxing ring

I hated boxing. I still do. Not even Muhammad Ali could turn me on to the controlled violence, blood and
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Muhammad Ali’s greatness was outside the boxing ring

Uganda Cabinet Ministers on June 6, 2016

The following list of cabinet minister nominees is doing the rounds. It may or may not be correct. Cabinet List Published
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Uganda Cabinet Ministers on June 6, 2016

Uganda: State of the Nation 2016

President Yoweri K. Museveni of Uganda delivered the State of the Nation Address on Tuesday May 31, 2016. Here is
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Uganda: State of the Nation 2016

Meaningful patriotism through community volunteerism

In the months leading up to my brother’s wedding in 1992, very many of his friends and work associates offered
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Meaningful patriotism through community volunteerism

Uganda Leader of Opposition in Parliament debate settled

The debate is settled. The Party President of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) will appoint the Leader of the Official
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Uganda Leader of Opposition in Parliament debate settled

FDC’s debate re: Leader of the Opposition in the Uganda Parliament

The debate by Uganda's Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leaders regarding the position of Leader of the Opposition in Parliament
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FDC’s debate re: Leader of the Opposition in the Uganda Parliament

We must keep ICOB resolutely non-partisan

When the International Community of Banyakigezi (ICOB) meets in London, England during the weekend of July 22-24, there will be
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We must keep ICOB resolutely non-partisan

Genealogy Database of East Africans

One of my frustrations is that I do not know much about my ancestry. In the absence of written records,
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Genealogy Database of  East Africans

African solution to Africa’s democratization problem

With his arrest last week, Dr. Kizza Besigye joined a growing list of African politicians incarcerated because they declared themselves
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African solution to Africa’s democratization problem

Invitation to writers on East Africa

Dear friends, We invite original essays on any subject  from or about East Africa. This can be a personal story, or
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Invitation to writers on East Africa

My hoe is all I have

My hoe is all I have By Muniini K. Mulera I watch my king and president Toast his guests resplendent In garb that fits
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My hoe is all I have

Kampala is burning!

Quick! Stop reading now. Put down your iPad. Look out the window. There is a huge fire burning in the
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Kampala is burning!

Stella Nyanzi’s nudity and the hypocrisy of the morality police

The nude protest by Dr. Stella Nyanzi, a research fellow at the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR), in response
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Stella Nyanzi’s nudity and the hypocrisy of the morality police

African Yellow Fever Alert!

Yellow Fever Alert! The December 2015 outbreak of Yellow Fever (YF) in Angola should be of great interest and concern to
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African Yellow Fever Alert!

On the Mamdani-Nyanzi Standoff

The events at the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) are of great concern to me as an alumnus of the
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On the Mamdani-Nyanzi Standoff

Museveni-Besigye contest: how I saw it 16 years ago

From the Daily Monitor Archives: November 6, 2000 (Background: Dr. Kizza Besigye wrote a landmark critique of the NRM in late
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Museveni-Besigye contest: how I saw it 16 years ago

Kihanga Boys Primary School: Remembering my headmasters, my teachers and the buildings

Kihanga Boys Primary School in Mparo, Rukiga, Kigezi is the place where my formal education journey started. It sits atop
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Kihanga Boys Primary School: Remembering my headmasters, my teachers and the buildings

State-of-the-art health services an affordable necessity

My wife and I spent the whole of January 2012 in Kigezi, falling in love all over again with my
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State-of-the-art health services an affordable necessity

Rift Valley Fever in Kabale, Kigezi contained

Key words and abbreviations: Zoonosis: a disease that normally occurs in animals but can be transmitted to humans. CDC: Centers for Disease
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Rift Valley Fever in Kabale, Kigezi contained

Canada to legalize physician-assisted dying

Prompted by a  Supreme Court decision,  the Government of Canada has tabled Bill C-14 for the purpose of legalizing physician
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Canada to legalize physician-assisted dying

Memories of Alberta, Canada

 When I accepted an appointment as a resident in Paediatrics at the University of Calgary, Alberta in 1981, I had
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Memories of Alberta, Canada

Fred Nyakawa Osoro April 9, 1967- April 4, 2016

East Africa has lost a good man. Mr. Fred Nyakawa Osoro of Botori Nyanchwa, Kisii County, Kenya died on Monday
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Fred Nyakawa Osoro  April 9, 1967- April 4, 2016

Ugandans should say no to violence, yes to dialogue

Letter to a Kampala Friend By Muniini K. Mulera In Toronto Dear Tingasiga: It has been a while since I wrote. My friends and
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Ugandans should say no to violence,  yes to dialogue

Time and Names of the Months in Rukiga & Runyankore

How time was measured in the pre-colonial area that became Kigyezi (Kigezi) is hard to determine. The elders I spoke
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Time and Names of the Months in Rukiga & Runyankore

Clans of the Banyakigezi

Enganda Zabanyakigyezi - Updated Please click on the above link and refresh your memory re: your clan, your clan totem and
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Clans of the Banyakigezi

Uganda’s post-election question: “What Next?”

In a unanimous ruling read by Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, Uganda's Supreme Court has upheld the declaration by the Electoral
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Uganda’s post-election question: “What Next?”

Tanzania loses funding over the Zanzibar election

March 30, 2016: Fumbuka Ng’wanakilala of Reuters in Dar es Salaam has reported that the Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a US
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Tanzania loses funding over the Zanzibar election

Video Games Damage Children’s Brains

Parents, you need not feel guilty when you restrict your children’s access to video games and the Internet. Scientific evidence
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Video Games Damage Children’s Brains

Herbert Byaruhanga

Herbert Byaruhanga is the Managing Director of Bird Uganda Safaris Ltd. and one of Uganda’s most distinguished tour guides. His
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Herbert Byaruhanga

Another benefit of Antenatal Ultrasound reported from Mawokota, Buganda

Worth noting from the Medical Literature Kawooya MG and colleagues recently published results a study in Ultrasound quarterly  that shows another
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Another benefit of Antenatal Ultrasound reported from Mawokota, Buganda

Tony Ekodeu

Tony Ekodeu is a Senior Managing Consultant and IT Architect with IBM Canada. He was born at Mulago Hospital, in
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Tony Ekodeu

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri is the Founder and Executive Director of Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project.  He was born and raised in Kigezi,
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Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

Jackie Asiimwe

Jackie Asiimwe, a lawyer, is the Uganda Country Manager of Wellspring Advisors, a US based philanthropic advisory firm. A Mukiga of
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Jackie Asiimwe

Beethoven’s Piano Concertos

Of all the works that Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) wrote, his five piano concertos are almost certainly the most popular
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Beethoven’s Piano Concertos

Patrick Tusiime

Patrick Tusiime is the District Health Officer for Kabale District, Kigezi Region in South Western Uganda. Patrick was born in Bucundura
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Patrick Tusiime

Marcel Wiradharma

Marcel Wiradharma is a businessman who operates a number of companies based in Richmond Hill Ontario. He specializes in technical
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Marcel Wiradharma

Barbara Anschuetz

Barbara Anschuetz, a Registered Psychotherapist, is the Clinical Director of The Trauma Centre in Sharon, Ontario, Canada. Born in Toronto, Barbara
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Barbara Anschuetz

Thaddeus Manus Ulzen

Thaddeus Manus Ulzen is Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, College of Community Health Sciences, University of
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Thaddeus Manus Ulzen

Sabrina Bakeera-Kitaka

Sabrina Bakeera-Kitaka, a Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics and Child Health at the School of Medicine, Makerere University College of Heath
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Sabrina Bakeera-Kitaka

Melanie Williams

Melanie Williams was born in the prairie town of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada. She was raised in a traditional family
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Melanie Williams

Roscoe Katende

Roscoe Katende is a senior anesthesiologist in New York City, New York, USA. He was born at Najera, Kampala to Mr.
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Roscoe Katende

Opiyo Oloya

  Opiyo Oloya is an educator, researcher and published author. Born and raised in Gulu in northern Uganda, Opiyo became involved
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Opiyo Oloya

Nancy Melville

Nancy Melville, a retired nurse, was born in Toronto, but lived most of her youth in a northern Ontario city
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Nancy Melville

Jane Kavuma-Kayonga

Jane Kavuma–Kayonga is a retired obstetrician who is now a full time novel writer. She was born at Mulago Hospital,
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Jane Kavuma-Kayonga

Hope Chigudu

Hope Chigudu is feminist activist and a gender, organisational and development practitioner. In her earlier days in the women’s movement,
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Hope Chigudu

Ky’okusinga Kirunga

  Ky’okusinga Kirunga is the Manager of Monitoring and Evaluation for the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF), a Canadian organization that works
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Ky’okusinga Kirunga

Susan Wakhungu-Githuku

Susan Wakhungu-Githuku was born in Bungoma, in Western Kenya, the second of five children to Mathew Sarapayi and Grace Awori
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Susan Wakhungu-Githuku

Philip Odera

            Philip Odera, the Chief Executive, CfC Stanbic Kenya is a 21st century leader and a
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Philip Odera

Bbuye Lya Mukanga

  Bbuye Lya Mukanga was born and grew up in Entebbe, Uganda. Upon graduating from Makerere University, he was a Ford
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Bbuye Lya Mukanga

Muniini K. Mulera

Muniini K. Mulera is a paediatrician and neonatologist in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada. Born in Kabale, Kigezi, Uganda,
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Muniini K. Mulera

Sam Kigongo-Mwesezi

Sam Kigongo-Mwesezi is a Ugandan-born surgical intensivist at Lincoln Hospital, Bronx, New York, USA. The son of schoolteachers, Sam attended
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Sam Kigongo-Mwesezi

Kayizzi Mugerwa Steve

Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa is a Visiting Fellow at Cornell University and Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town. He has
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Kayizzi Mugerwa Steve

Shiundu Juvenal

Juvenal J. M. Shiundu Juvenal Shiundu, a Naval Architect, is the Deputy Director/Head, Programme Management Section at the International Maritime Organization
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Shiundu Juvenal

Odera Joy

Joy Odera Joy Odera is a Kenyan, but she was born and bred in Uganda.  Her early formal education started at
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Odera Joy

Cheryl Daniel

Cheryl Daniel is the Principal of Glen Cedar Public School in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. As a young girl, Cheryl always had
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Cheryl Daniel

Bhima, George

George Bhima is a Ugandan family doctor who grew up in Hoima and Fort Portal. He received his early formal
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Bhima, George

Barbara Barungi Profile

Barbara Barungi is a development practitioner currently serving as the Lead Economist with the African Development Bank in Nigeria. She
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Barbara Barungi Profile

The African is corrupt through and through, Mr. Green?

Corruption in Uganda has evolved unique traditions, including a class system that apportions how much the members can fleece the
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The African is corrupt through and through, Mr. Green?

The African and the Tall Poppy Syndrome

African culture is endowed with many positive qualities that one hopes will survive the powerful influence of American culture as
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The African and the Tall Poppy Syndrome

In praise of Nkuba Kyeyo

Many Ugandans despise us. We are the Nkuba Kyeyo, a Luganda phrase that literally means: “I am a sweeper”, as
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In praise of Nkuba Kyeyo

Africa’s National Anthems Betrayed

One of the enduring creations that were bequeathed to us by Africa’s independence leaders was a plethora of glorious national
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Africa’s National Anthems Betrayed

The African woman and the cross of childbirth

During a visit to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital in 2010, I was very anxious to get to the maternity and
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The African woman and the cross of childbirth

Adonia Ayebare

Adonia Ayebare, New York, New York, USA A husband, father, journalist, diplomat, peacemaker, down-to-earth intellectual and a friend– this is how I
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Adonia Ayebare

Welcome to this Fireplace where we:

  1. Share information and views about East Africa. There is a great story to tell about the history, politics, economy, culture, tourist opportunities and health status of each of the Member States of the East African Community.
  2. Share information and views about Canada, from the perspective of East Africans living and/or doing business there.
  3. Share personal interests in music and books, as well as profiles of people whose lives and/or works have had an impact on my life, my thinking and my hopes for a better world.
  4. Engage in reasoned, respectful and balanced discussion of issues of interest to East Africa.

Thoughts are free and everyone has a right to freely express them. Welcome, explore this site, then sit by the fireplace and enrich us with your ideas.

Better still, tour East Africa and enjoy the beauty of a part of the world that is the cradle of humankind. You will be glad you did.

My kind of books

Dr. Mulera - Colour Bar

"COLOUR BAR"

Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams of Botswana, were one of the most justly respected political couples in post-independence Africa.

Seretse was a brown-skinned Motswana prince and Ruth a pink-skinned English commoner, united in one of the greatest love stories of the last century. Battered by ancient traditions in their respective countries, as well as deep and overt racism in the United Kingdom and South Africa, the young lovers triumphed against the storms to become Botswana's first post-independence First Couple.

This masterfully researched and written account by Suzan Williams is one I have read twice and will likely read again. Sir Seretse Khama was the most genuine democrat to serve as president of an African country before Nelson Mandela. This book helps explain the man and his distinguished leadership of Botswana.

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My kind of music

Dr. Mulera - Shades of Redd

"Shades of Redd"

This is, perhaps, the best of Freddie Redd's rather small discography. His piano playing is masterful and sweet. With first rate playing by his sidemen, it is a classic Blue Note date that should please bop aficionados.

Recorded on August 13, 1960 and released in May 1961, this is one of the finest illustrations of the Blue Note sound and music that remains a high point in the story of recorded Jazz music. Indispensable Jazz.

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ICOB

Dr. Mulera - ICOB

International Community of Banyakigezi [ICOB]

The International Community of Banyakigezi [ICOB] is a non-profit organization whose mission is the promotion of the cultural, social and economic interests of Abanyakigezi in Uganda and the Diaspora. Founded in 2003, ICOB supports technical and other vocational education in Kigezi, Uganda through the Kigezi Education Fund.

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MULERA'S FIREPLACE

Munini's Blog Fireplace

Uganda then and now

Amazing what the brain does to the information that’s uploaded during childhood. It becomes rather hard to erase and replace
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Uganda then and now

Mburara’s Igongo Cultural Centre: eclipses Biharwe’s spectacular past

During our recent holidays, my wife and I, in the mood to thoroughly revisit her home area of Nkore and
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Mburara’s Igongo Cultural Centre: eclipses Biharwe’s spectacular past

Banyakigyezi Convention in Canada to promote tourism in our homeland

The impact of Kigyezi’s beauty on the spirits of a first-time visitor is always a joy to watch. Last December,
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Banyakigyezi Convention in Canada to promote tourism in our homeland

Paulo Ngorogoza of Kigezi: the tragedy of neglect

My sadness at the state of the neglected palace of Ankole’s last king and the house of its first prime
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Paulo Ngorogoza of Kigezi: the tragedy of neglect

Remembering Karekaho Karegyesa: privileged, humble servant.

  The death of the Honourable Karekaho mwene Karegyesa ka Makobore wa Muhoozi has left me with very mixed emotions. I
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Remembering Karekaho Karegyesa: privileged, humble servant.

Neglected home and legacy of Ankole’s greatest leader

The pitiful state of Mugaba, the palace of Omugabe of Ankole, did not prepare us for the shocking condition of
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Neglected home and legacy of Ankole’s greatest leader

Shame on you, Banyankore!

Ugandan tourism promoters give disproportionate weight to our country’s abundant wild animals and other popular destinations. These are magnificent, of
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Shame on you, Banyankore!

Enoch Lugimbirwa: saved to serve.

It was a great honour to share time with Mr. Enoch Lugimbirwa in Mburara, Nkore in January this year. A
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Enoch Lugimbirwa: saved to serve.

What was Uganda’s Kale Kayihura thinking?

  I am completely indifferent to Kale Kayihura’s dismissal from the office of Inspector General of Police. If anything, I am
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What was Uganda’s Kale Kayihura thinking?

My kind of person: Mary Mbeetabaitu Katanywa

Mrs. Katanywa. That’s all one needs to mention in Mburara, Nkore. No identifiers necessary. Everybody who is informed – and
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My kind of person: Mary Mbeetabaitu Katanywa

Godfrey Katanywa’s hair and the struggle for freedom

In the struggle for freedom, those who do things quietly often go unrecognized.  One example of this is Godfrey Karangwa
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Godfrey Katanywa’s hair and the struggle for freedom

Blessed Bishakas of Ibanda

It was one of those precious moments that occupy a special place in one’s heart and memory. On Wednesday January
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Blessed Bishakas of Ibanda

Grateful to Uganda’s Great Generation

The ranks of Uganda’s Great Generation have been pruned so thin that we, their offspring, are expected to be the
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Grateful to Uganda’s Great Generation

Zabuloni Kabaza: Living For Christ and His Kingdom

It was a joy to spend precious time with our dear friend, brother and mentor, Omugurusi Zabuloni Kabaza at his
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Zabuloni Kabaza: Living For Christ and His Kingdom

Budo co-education@85: How have the girls done?  

It was an inspired measure when the Board of Governors of King’s College, Budo acceded to the recommendation by Rev.
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Budo co-education@85: How have the girls done?  

Treat all passengers at Entebbe airport as VIPs

I am writing this aboard an Emirates flight from Dubai, floating 32,000 feet above the sea, with 10,000 km to
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Treat all passengers at Entebbe airport as VIPs

Borderless living at Uganda’s borders

In January last year, on a visit to my ancestral home in Kahondo-ka-Byamamarembo, I invited my cousins to join me
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Borderless living at Uganda’s borders

Nalongo Alice Nannyunga Muleto: a worker with great love and faith

  Dignity. Honour. Reverence. Thanksgiving. These are some of the words that capture the occasion at Saint Paul’s Cathedral, Kako, Masaka
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Nalongo Alice Nannyunga Muleto: a worker with great love and faith

Memories of a beautiful Equator on Kampala-Masaka Highway

  In my youth, one of the highlights of a journey along the Kampala-Kabaare Highway was a stop at The Equator.
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Memories of a beautiful Equator on Kampala-Masaka Highway

ICOB-Uganda Chapter Convention in Kisoro will be a perfect ending to the year

ICOB Uganda Chapter Convention 2017 Kisoro, Bufumbira Starts: December 27, 2017 @ 6:00 pm Ends: December 29, 2017 @ 12:00 midnight Place: Kisoro Town,
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ICOB-Uganda Chapter Convention in Kisoro will be a perfect ending to the year

May Ugandan MPs and clergy find the courage of the Three Wise Men

Ruling politicians in undemocratic countries love to tell other people to avoid political comment. Yoweri K. Museveni, the Ugandan ruler,
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May Ugandan MPs and clergy find the courage of the Three Wise Men

Worrisome political trends in Africa’s Great Lakes Region

The state of politics in our great lakes region continues to show a worrisome trend. As Kenya celebrates 54 years
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Worrisome political trends in Africa’s Great Lakes Region

Mugisha Muntu and the search for clean politics

When Mugisha Muntu, the former president of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), called a press conference last week, there
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Mugisha Muntu and the search for clean politics

Besigye/Amuriat victory sets FDC on a clearer path

After a gruelling but free competition for its top position, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has elected Patrick Oboi
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Besigye/Amuriat victory sets FDC on a clearer path

Makerere Medical School Class of 1977: triumph despite adversity

  When members of the Makerere Medical School Class of 1977 gather in Kampala during the weekend of November 10-12 for
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Makerere Medical School Class of 1977:  triumph despite adversity

Deadly combination of human folly and greed

  Human folly. Human greed. Combine the two and you have a human tragedy that is as predictable as death. Yes,
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Deadly combination of human folly and greed

2017 military invasion of Parliament worse than the 1966 edition

The playwright or Hollywood scriptwriter has plenty of material to produce a great drama, even a thriller, out of the
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2017 military invasion of Parliament worse than the 1966 edition

Kadaga’s political suicide may not be as fatal as Kategaya’s

Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of the Uganda Parliament, who is said to have had thoughts of becoming president of Uganda,
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Kadaga’s political suicide may not be as fatal as Kategaya’s

Kisiizi Hospital post-floods update – By Dr. Ian Spillman, Medical Superintendent, Kisiizi

Dr. Ian Spillman and his team are working very hard  to restore Kisiizi Hospital to a safe place for patients,
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Kisiizi Hospital post-floods update – By Dr. Ian Spillman, Medical Superintendent, Kisiizi

Kisiizi Hospital in Uganda urgently needs your help

Dear friends, Kisiizi Hospital, one of the best managed community general hospitals in rural East Africa, has been devastated by floods. I
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Kisiizi Hospital in Uganda urgently needs your help

In Defense of Yoweri Museveni

We have seen this movie before. Multiple episodes since 1962. Different actors. Same producers. Same script. Just a variation on
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In Defense of Yoweri Museveni

Kisiizi Hospital tragedy a wake-up call for all of us

  In recent days, the springs of the great deep have burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens have been
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Kisiizi Hospital tragedy a wake-up call for all of us

Sergei Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor Op.18

When it comes to top tier piano concertos, we are spoiled for choices. I could spend the rest of my
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Sergei Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor Op.18

From Kisiizi, Kigyezi to Keystone,Florida: Disaster preparedness is national security

The Atlantic Ocean is angry. Hurricane Harvey, a devastating tropical cyclone, has left Houston and other Southern Texas communities disabled
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From Kisiizi, Kigyezi to Keystone,Florida:  Disaster preparedness is national security

Kenyan capitalism at the heart of its march towards greatness

Delivering last week’s landmark ruling that nullified the results of Kenya’s presidential elections, Chief Justice David Kenani Maraga said: “The
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Kenyan capitalism at the heart of its march towards greatness

Message to Yoweri Museveni

My dear president Who art in Entebbe Hear this young man In next door Kenya Accept the verdict of Court Finding against him.   Hear him say Beautiful
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Message to Yoweri Museveni

The Doctor who would like to be Jennifer Musisi’s driver

Dr. Silvia Awor, an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Gulu University, followed an academic track at Class A institutions. High school
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The Doctor who would like to be Jennifer Musisi’s driver

Charade behind lifting Uganda’s presidential age limit

Ugandan President Yoweri K. Museveni, who will be 77 years old at the time of the next elections in 2021,
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Finland in our hearts today!

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In Solidarity With the People of Spain

Terror against anyone is terror against me. From this Ugandan citizen of the World, To the people of Barcelona and all of
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Congratulations Mr. Kenyatta, but it is not yet Uhuru

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Banyakigyezi meeting in USA about poverty alleviation, not partisan politics

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No contradiction in being political but non-partisan

Can a group or organization be politically active but non-partisan? Is it possible for people who support different political parties
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African rulers and their choice of death abroad

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  To the unaware, a headline in the Daily Monitor of April 27 was alarming. “Banyakigezi global chapter splits,” the headline
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Banyakigyezi Convention in Florida USA to strategize on empowering youth and communities

Social status and justice in Uganda

I do not wish to litigate or interrogate the case of Herbert Kabafunzaki, a Ugandan MP who is accused of corruption,
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Success of Uganda’s new districts depends on you and me

The anticipated birth of Uganda’s latest districts on July 1, 2017 triggers different emotions in different people. Some are hopeful.
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Success of Uganda’s new districts depends on you and me

Five African Airlines among the World’s Top 100 in Skytrax 2017 Survey

The results of the 2017 Skytrax survey of air travellers have ranked 5 African Airlines among the World’s Top 100. The
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Five African Airlines among the World’s Top 100 in Skytrax 2017 Survey

Lift the age limit

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Lift the age limit

Rukiga District needs a small and efficient government

There is divided opinion about the purpose and consequences of the unprecedented speed at which Uganda has been curved into
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Rukiga District needs a small and efficient government

Reconditioned politicians and democratic feudalism

They are back! Yes, Hillary and Joe, as in Clinton and Biden, some of the permanent fixtures in American presidential
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Back to the future: Journey from WK to Makerere- By Prof. Greg Lebona

End of term, December 3 1970, 10.30 am; the parking lot was bubbling with excitement as pupils exchanged goodbyes. My
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Back to the future: Journey from WK to Makerere- By Prof. Greg Lebona

Twenty years of writing and murdering the English language

It was Charles Onyango-Obbo who invited me to write a weekly column in The Monitor, a Ugandan daily newspaper. He
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Twenty years of writing and murdering the English language

Post-election ICOB-Uganda crisis resolved

The Uganda Chapter of the International Community of Banyakigyezi (ICOB-UC) was recently in the news, and not for a good
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Post-election ICOB-Uganda crisis resolved

Our freedom is in prison with Stella Nyanzi

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Our freedom is in prison with Stella Nyanzi

Farewell Seforooza muhara wa Ruraara rwa Mikaro-Rugwisa

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Neil Bonnell: a passion for teaching, a passion for life.

One of the reasons I enjoyed my high school years at King’s College, Budo, Uganda was the very high quality
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Neil Bonnell: a passion for teaching, a passion for life.

Herbert Karugaba

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Herbert Karugaba

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Herbert Kabafunzaki has already been found guilty in the court of public opinion. People do not need concrete evidence to
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Kabafunzaki-Hamid saga is an indictment of Museveni regime

Old man’s crisis of patriotism

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Old man’s crisis of patriotism

Accept your fate, for that was your choice

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Museveni-Besigye talks: a necessary prelude to national dialogue

Floods and landslides are not God’s will

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Floods and landslides are not God’s will

Friday March 18, 1977 – Graduation Day, Makerere University, Kampala

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Horace Parlan: the triumph of a genius of Jazz piano

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Horace Parlan: the triumph of a genius of Jazz piano

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East African Legislative Assembly: choose able and experienced Pan-Africanists

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East African Legislative Assembly: choose able and experienced Pan-Africanists

Birthday toast to Robert Gabriel Mugabe at 93

Happy birthday Mr. President! Your birth on February 21, 1924 in Kutama, Rhodesia was a blessed event for your people.   We thank
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Birthday toast to Robert Gabriel Mugabe at 93

Trump bursting myth of “white” supremacy

  God has a great sense of humor. In 2001, He gives America George W. Bush as its 43rd president. After
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Yes, honor Dr. Margaret Mungherera in Parliament

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Yes, honor Dr. Margaret Mungherera in Parliament

Dr. Margaret Mungherera on Keeping Alive & Well: A balancing act for doctors

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Dr. Margaret Mungherera on Keeping Alive & Well: A balancing act for doctors

Kigezi High School Junior: Recalling the history-making Class of ’66

It was our great luck that we should be the group that would close the chapter on the junior high
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Kigezi High School Junior: Recalling the history-making Class of ’66

Dr. Margaret Mungherera lived for a cause

Dr. Margaret Mungherera, dead at 59. Hard to write that. Last time I met her, Margaret was so full of
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Dr. Margaret Mungherera lived for a cause

Memories of Budo and the Ian and Dorothy Robinson Chapel

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Memories of Budo and the Ian and Dorothy Robinson Chapel

An afternoon at Budo in 1996

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An afternoon at Budo in 1996

Muhabura- The Guide: a photo-essay

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Muhabura- The Guide: a photo-essay

Sun kisses Lake Bunyonyi goodnight

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Sun kisses Lake Bunyonyi goodnight

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Poor roads stunt Kigezi’s development

My first pair of shoes

My wife and I once shared an apartment with a Ugandan friend. Born and raised in Kampala, Nakalema (not her
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My first pair of shoes

I need your financial help this Christmas

Christmas is here again. The tills and money boxes of the merchants ring with joy, not in remembrance of the
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I need your financial help this Christmas

Herbert “Kabwondera” Bakesigaki: master of Enanga (African zither)

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Herbert “Kabwondera” Bakesigaki: master of Enanga (African zither)

Agaba’s death and the dark spirit in the land

The death of George Ninsiima Agaba in a horrific motor accident on Saturday was a terrible tragedy for two reasons. First
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Agaba’s death and the dark spirit in the land

Kigezi District Council Members 1961

Dr. James Mugisha gwa Kikira kya Mbagyeruka gave me a printed copy of this photograph more than ten years ago.
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Kigezi District Council Members 1961

Katiikiri: The man who fed future leaders

Memories of 1966 flood black with torrential force. That bloody year of political and military turmoil stands out like a
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Katiikiri: The man who fed future leaders

Salutations Mwai, Mugane and Moi

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Salutations Mwai, Mugane and Moi

Transformative education powers prosperity

Fifty years ago this week, we completed Junior High School and entered history books as the last group to take
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Transformative education powers prosperity

Give evicted Kampala street vendors a soft landing

Give evicted Kampala street vendors a soft landing I salute Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) leaders for firing four of
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Give evicted Kampala street vendors a soft landing

Chris Mwesigye Bishaka: a refreshingly independent thinker

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Chris Mwesigye Bishaka: a refreshingly independent thinker

Trump thriller is about to begin

 I got it completely wrong. It is no consolation that I was not alone in believing that America would not
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Democracy: Mencken’s thoughts on this incomparably idiotic and amusing system

There once lived an American man called Henry Louis Mencken, one whose writings unfailingly give pleasure and annoyance; challenge received
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Democracy: Mencken’s thoughts on this incomparably idiotic and amusing system

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It is with deep shock and sadness that I have learnt of the premature death of my medical school classmate
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Choices: Stand up for human rights or abet torture with silence

A Facebook friend, posted a video recording last week of a very dangerous and chaotic scene where people wearing yellow
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Choices: Stand up for human rights or abet torture with silence

Dexter Gordon’s Timeless Tenor Saxophone

Dexter Keith Gordon (February 27, 1923 – April 25, 1990) was a giant in the literal and professional sense. At
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Dexter Gordon’s Timeless Tenor Saxophone

Lou Donaldson at 90, still playing on

Lou Donaldson, the alto saxophonist who turned 90 on November 1, 2016, is the last living and performing member of
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Lou Donaldson at 90, still playing on

Memories of a great city before Kampalitis struck

I first set foot in Kampala 50 years ago. An indelible image of early 1966 Kampala is that of what looked
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Memories of a great city before Kampalitis struck

Encounters with Classical Music

  Like many people, I first came in contact with classical European music in my early childhood when I started attending
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Encounters with Classical Music

Jazz and Me

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Jazz and Me

My Kind of Music: Whistle Stop with Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley et al

Thursday October 27, 2016 It started snowing early this morning. First snow of the season. Cold day outside. After a long day
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My Kind of Music: Whistle Stop with Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley et al

Trump’s gift to Africa’s dictators

Donald J. Trump will not accept the results of next month’s US presidential elections unless he wins. His words, not
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Trump’s gift to Africa’s dictators

Free press crucial for democratization

  The great story of the American presidential election is not the vigorous and level ground competition that is on display.
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Jinja triplet deaths compounded by news media distortions

It appears that the Monitor report that triplets died last week because the mother had been refused admission to Jinja
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Jinja triplet deaths compounded by news media distortions

Bud Powell: Genius of the piano – his music lives!

Happy birthday to all friends who were born on September 27! You share the date with the great genius of
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Bud Powell: Genius of the piano – his music lives!

Michelle Obama’s classy act of resistance against bigotry

I have another good reason to visit Washington DC, a city I never seem to have enough of. The National Museum
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Michelle Obama’s classy act of resistance against bigotry

John Coltrane at 90

John Coltrane would have been 90 years old today. Whereas there have been many great Jazz Saxophone players, to my
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John Coltrane at 90

Ugandan MPs and their demand for VIP funerals

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Ugandan MPs and their demand for VIP funerals

Legacy of a man of obscure birth and no connections

One of my favorite hymns is “Sweet Hour of Prayer”, a poem that is credited to William W. Walford, who
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Legacy of a man of obscure birth and no connections

Are Ugandan MPs’ junkets to Diaspora gatherings worth the taxpayer’s money?

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Are Ugandan MPs’ junkets to Diaspora gatherings worth the taxpayer’s money?

Professor Alexander Odonga: outstanding symbol of Ugandan professionalism

We lost Professor Alexander Mwa Odonga last week. Our friend and mentor, who taught us surgery at Makerere University Medical
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Professor Alexander Odonga: outstanding symbol of Ugandan professionalism

Thank you for the music Rudy Van Gelder (1924-2016)

If, like me, you consider the great Jazz recordings from the 1950s and 60s on Blue Note, Prestige and Impulse
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Break the chains of dependency: Tusaba Gavumenti Tweyambe

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Break the chains of dependency: Tusaba Gavumenti Tweyambe

Beware of the dark world of the Internet

    Social media like Facebook and WhatsApp are valuable tools for communication of positive and constructive information. However, they are also dangerous
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Lalo Symphonie Espagnole: timeless beauty of the violin

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Sublime music of Charles-Camille Saint Saens guaranteed to please

I have spent the afternoon with Charles-Camille Saint Saens (9 October 9, 1835 – December 16, 1921), the French composer whose
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Sublime music of Charles-Camille Saint Saens guaranteed to please

Memories of England’s troublesome beauty

I write this aboard an Air Canada flight from London to Toronto, racing at 848 km per hour, 11 kilometers
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Memories of England’s troublesome beauty

ICOB@13: Teen Challenge

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ICOB@13: Teen Challenge

London Convention to usher ICOB into teenage

I have been in London since Saturday, enjoying the cool but comfortable summer while looking forward to the fourteenth annual
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London Convention to usher ICOB into teenage

Time to get tough on all Ugandan road users

The escalating carnage on Uganda’s highways has left many people declaring that the roads “are finishing us!” The Kampala-Gulu Highway’s
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Time to get tough on all Ugandan road users

Lessons for ICOB from Canada and the World Jewish Congress

In the 35 years that I have lived in Canada, I have been most impressed by the citizens’ ability to
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Lessons for ICOB from Canada and the World Jewish Congress

Canada@149

Canada officially came into being on July 1, 1867. This is Confederation Day that we celebrated today, with the quiet
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Democracy: Promiscuous Mistress

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Democracy: Promiscuous Mistress

Where in Central Africa did R.W. Felkin observe a Caesarean delivery in 1879?

The case of a caesarean delivery in pre-colonial Central Africa that was described by Robert William Felkin has caused some
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Where in Central Africa did R.W. Felkin observe a Caesarean delivery in 1879?

Surgery and operating rooms- the journey continues

In the blog on Caesarean Section in Buganda in 1879, we reproduce the report of a surgical delivery of a
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Surgery and operating rooms- the journey continues

Caesarean section in Buganda in 1879

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Photoessay of Traditional woven dinnerware

Here are examples of  three millet bread baskets from my part of the world (Rwanda and Kigezi).  They come in different
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Photoessay of Traditional woven dinnerware

Amaziina G’enogo and Millet Bread Etiquette of the Bakiga

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Amaziina G’enogo and Millet Bread Etiquette of the Bakiga

Ugandans for Peace must insist on non-violence

The news of the multiple murders of people in the military barracks at Makindye, Kampala, has left me deeply saddened.
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Ugandans for Peace must insist on non-violence

Scrap academic requirements for MPs and other leaders

Academic qualifications are overrated as a measure of ability in political leadership. It was my stated view during the Constitution
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Scrap academic requirements for MPs and other leaders

Leaders should put Kigezi first, self last

Written in  January 2013 I have spent the last week in Kigezi, the one place I am happier than anywhere else
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Leaders should put Kigezi first, self last

John Coltrane – Locomotion on Blue Train

It is futile to attempt to describe music with words. Please listen and see why I love Jazz played by
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John Coltrane – Locomotion on Blue Train

Background To The Uganda Budget 2016-17

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Museveni’s remarks regarding Budget 2016

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Muhammad Ali’s greatness was outside the boxing ring

I hated boxing. I still do. Not even Muhammad Ali could turn me on to the controlled violence, blood and
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Muhammad Ali’s greatness was outside the boxing ring

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The following list of cabinet minister nominees is doing the rounds. It may or may not be correct. Cabinet List Published
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Uganda: State of the Nation 2016

President Yoweri K. Museveni of Uganda delivered the State of the Nation Address on Tuesday May 31, 2016. Here is
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Uganda: State of the Nation 2016

Meaningful patriotism through community volunteerism

In the months leading up to my brother’s wedding in 1992, very many of his friends and work associates offered
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Meaningful patriotism through community volunteerism

Uganda Leader of Opposition in Parliament debate settled

The debate is settled. The Party President of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) will appoint the Leader of the Official
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FDC’s debate re: Leader of the Opposition in the Uganda Parliament

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We must keep ICOB resolutely non-partisan

When the International Community of Banyakigezi (ICOB) meets in London, England during the weekend of July 22-24, there will be
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We must keep ICOB resolutely non-partisan

Genealogy Database of East Africans

One of my frustrations is that I do not know much about my ancestry. In the absence of written records,
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With his arrest last week, Dr. Kizza Besigye joined a growing list of African politicians incarcerated because they declared themselves
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Dear friends, We invite original essays on any subject  from or about East Africa. This can be a personal story, or
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Invitation to writers on East Africa

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Kampala is burning!

Quick! Stop reading now. Put down your iPad. Look out the window. There is a huge fire burning in the
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Kampala is burning!

Stella Nyanzi’s nudity and the hypocrisy of the morality police

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Kihanga Boys Primary School: Remembering my headmasters, my teachers and the buildings

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State-of-the-art health services an affordable necessity

My wife and I spent the whole of January 2012 in Kigezi, falling in love all over again with my
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State-of-the-art health services an affordable necessity

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Canada to legalize physician-assisted dying

Prompted by a  Supreme Court decision,  the Government of Canada has tabled Bill C-14 for the purpose of legalizing physician
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Ugandans should say no to violence, yes to dialogue

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How time was measured in the pre-colonial area that became Kigyezi (Kigezi) is hard to determine. The elders I spoke
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Time and Names of the Months in Rukiga & Runyankore

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In a unanimous ruling read by Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, Uganda's Supreme Court has upheld the declaration by the Electoral
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Parents, you need not feel guilty when you restrict your children’s access to video games and the Internet. Scientific evidence
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Jackie Asiimwe, a lawyer, is the Uganda Country Manager of Wellspring Advisors, a US based philanthropic advisory firm. A Mukiga of
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Of all the works that Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) wrote, his five piano concertos are almost certainly the most popular
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Sabrina Bakeera-Kitaka

Sabrina Bakeera-Kitaka, a Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics and Child Health at the School of Medicine, Makerere University College of Heath
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Melanie Williams

Melanie Williams was born in the prairie town of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada. She was raised in a traditional family
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Melanie Williams

Roscoe Katende

Roscoe Katende is a senior anesthesiologist in New York City, New York, USA. He was born at Najera, Kampala to Mr.
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Roscoe Katende

Opiyo Oloya

  Opiyo Oloya is an educator, researcher and published author. Born and raised in Gulu in northern Uganda, Opiyo became involved
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Opiyo Oloya

Nancy Melville

Nancy Melville, a retired nurse, was born in Toronto, but lived most of her youth in a northern Ontario city
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Nancy Melville

Jane Kavuma-Kayonga

Jane Kavuma–Kayonga is a retired obstetrician who is now a full time novel writer. She was born at Mulago Hospital,
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Jane Kavuma-Kayonga

Hope Chigudu

Hope Chigudu is feminist activist and a gender, organisational and development practitioner. In her earlier days in the women’s movement,
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Hope Chigudu

Ky’okusinga Kirunga

  Ky’okusinga Kirunga is the Manager of Monitoring and Evaluation for the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF), a Canadian organization that works
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Susan Wakhungu-Githuku

Susan Wakhungu-Githuku was born in Bungoma, in Western Kenya, the second of five children to Mathew Sarapayi and Grace Awori
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Philip Odera

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Philip Odera

Bbuye Lya Mukanga

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Muniini K. Mulera

Muniini K. Mulera is a paediatrician and neonatologist in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada. Born in Kabale, Kigezi, Uganda,
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Muniini K. Mulera

Sam Kigongo-Mwesezi

Sam Kigongo-Mwesezi is a Ugandan-born surgical intensivist at Lincoln Hospital, Bronx, New York, USA. The son of schoolteachers, Sam attended
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Sam Kigongo-Mwesezi

Kayizzi Mugerwa Steve

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Shiundu Juvenal

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Shiundu Juvenal

Odera Joy

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Odera Joy

Cheryl Daniel

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Cheryl Daniel

Bhima, George

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Barbara Barungi Profile

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Barbara Barungi Profile

The African is corrupt through and through, Mr. Green?

Corruption in Uganda has evolved unique traditions, including a class system that apportions how much the members can fleece the
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The African is corrupt through and through, Mr. Green?

The African and the Tall Poppy Syndrome

African culture is endowed with many positive qualities that one hopes will survive the powerful influence of American culture as
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The African and the Tall Poppy Syndrome

In praise of Nkuba Kyeyo

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In praise of Nkuba Kyeyo

Africa’s National Anthems Betrayed

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Africa’s National Anthems Betrayed

The African woman and the cross of childbirth

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Welcome to this Fireplace where we:

  1. Share information and views about East Africa. There is a great story to tell about the history, politics, economy, culture, tourist opportunities and health status of each of the Member States of the East African Community.
  2. Share information and views about Canada, from the perspective of East Africans living and/or doing business there.
  3. Share personal interests in music and books, as well as profiles of people whose lives and/or works have had an impact on my life, my thinking and my hopes for a better world.
  4. Engage in reasoned, respectful and balanced discussion of issues of interest to East Africa.

Thoughts are free and everyone has a right to freely express them. Welcome, explore this site, then sit by the fireplace and enrich us with your ideas.

Better still, tour East Africa and enjoy the beauty of a part of the world that is the cradle of humankind. You will be glad you did.

My kind of books

Dr. Mulera - Colour Bar

"COLOUR BAR"

Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams of Botswana, were one of the most justly respected political couples in post-independence Africa.

Seretse was a brown-skinned Motswana prince and Ruth a pink-skinned English commoner, united in one of the greatest love stories of the last century. Battered by ancient traditions in their respective countries, as well as deep and overt racism in the United Kingdom and South Africa, the young lovers triumphed against the storms to become Botswana's first post-independence First Couple.

This masterfully researched and written account by Suzan Williams is one I have read twice and will likely read again. Sir Seretse Khama was the most genuine democrat to serve as president of an African country before Nelson Mandela. This book helps explain the man and his distinguished leadership of Botswana.

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My kind of music

Dr. Mulera - Shades of Redd

"Shades of Redd"

This is, perhaps, the best of Freddie Redd's rather small discography. His piano playing is masterful and sweet. With first rate playing by his sidemen, it is a classic Blue Note date that should please bop aficionados.

Recorded on August 13, 1960 and released in May 1961, this is one of the finest illustrations of the Blue Note sound and music that remains a high point in the story of recorded Jazz music. Indispensable Jazz.

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ICOB

Dr. Mulera - ICOB

International Community of Banyakigezi [ICOB]

The International Community of Banyakigezi [ICOB] is a non-profit organization whose mission is the promotion of the cultural, social and economic interests of Abanyakigezi in Uganda and the Diaspora. Founded in 2003, ICOB supports technical and other vocational education in Kigezi, Uganda through the Kigezi Education Fund.

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