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 to the closure of her office by Dr. Mahmood Mamdani, her boss, has triggered an understandable public uproar. Yet she was not the first woman to use her nakedness as a protest against a “system” she […]

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 health authorities in East Africa. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “as of 7 April 2016, a total of 1,708 suspected cases, including 238 deaths (Case Fatality Rate: 13.9%), had been reported from […]

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 great university. I confess to being possessed of limitless pride in Makerere, both because I am a lucky beneficiary of that university and the memory of people who have come before us. My generation holds […]

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 1999. He was threatened with court-martial. He was spared after intervention by elders from Rukungiri. Plans were afoot to arrest him in late 2000.  Although Besigye had had no interest in being president, and […]

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 the hill by the same name, with a commanding view of the neighbourhoods of Kanywero, Kibaare, Omurukiri rwa Kanzikwera, Sindi, Nyarurambi, Iborozya, Ibumba, Butatuurwa, Nyakarambi, Buteekumwa, Rutooma, Kangondo, Rukondo, Kashaki, Kiyogoore, Mparo, Kabumbiro, Katungu, Kasooni, […]

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 homeland and her adopted home in Uganda. Most of our stay was very pleasant, the hospitality a sweet reminder of what we missed most about our country. However, three heartrending images are indelibly seared onto […]

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 Control RVF: Rift Valley Fever RVFV: Rift Valley Fever Virus WHO: World Health Organization A multidisciplinary team, led by Dr. Patrick Tusiime, the District Health Officer, has done an outstanding job of containing […]

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 assisted dying.The bill allows  people who have a serious and incurable illness, disease or disability, and whose death is “reasonably foreseeable”, to end their lives with the assistance of their doctor or nurse practitioner. The Summary […]

Memories of Alberta, Canada

 When I accepted an appointment as a resident in Paediatrics at the University of Calgary, Alberta in 1981, I had no idea what the place and the province looked like. I imagined a flatland with endless wheat fields and, perhaps, a glimpse of the mountains in the far distance from where we would be living. […]

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 April 4, 2016.  Fred, who died in his sleep in Nairobi, was an oil company executive in Cape Town, and had worked for both Engen Oil, South Africa and for Vivo Energy, Ghana.  Days before […]