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 him substantial amounts of money in support of his budget. Though he had not planned to hold a kasiki (bachelor’s prenuptial party), his friends insisted on fully funding one. Several parties followed the wedding, all […]

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 Opposition in Parliament (LOP.)   Since Wafula Oguttu, the LOP in the 9th Parliament, lost his seat in the February 18 exercise, we expect a new person in that role. The debate has raised serious questions […]

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 has triggered some questions in my mind. Too lazy to read the Constitution and the laws that govern parliament, I seek guidance from my learned friends. First let us go back to February 19, 2016, the […]

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 very good reason to celebrate an organization that has exceeded the modest expectations of a small group of people who midwifed its birth in Toronto, Canada, 13 years ago. What we thought would be an […]

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, we depend on oral tradition of “documenting” our story. This, of course, is fraught with errors and complete distortions, missing links and a very limited database. For example, I am fairly certain of only 11 […]

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 the duly elected presidents of their countries. Nigeria’s Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola declared himself president in 1994 after Gen. Ibrahim Babangida had annulled the results of the 1993 elections. Abiola was incarcerated for four years […]

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 about a person, people or situations or other subject that you feel would be of public interest. Your essay, posted at www.mulerasfireplace.com, will be read by web-visitors around the world. ​ We do not […]

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 the best Who rule over the rest   They wine and dine and toast Unbothered at all by cost Of life beyond our dreams Reserved for royals it seems   I […]

Kampala is burning!

Quick! Stop reading now. Put down your iPad. Look out the window. There is a huge fire burning in the south of town. See the huge smoke billowing up with all the pent up rage of mother Earth? No, it is not teargas. That is kid’s play compared to what is upon you now. And […]