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 go before we arrive in Toronto.   On the night of February 11, 2018, my wife and I arrived in Dubai where we were treated like the valuable passengers that we are. No, we are not […]

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 on a climb of the rugged, rocky mountain that towers above Nyamitooma village, the burial site of Rakeiri Keiramibwa, my maternal grandmother. More than fifty years earlier, it was on this mountain, called Nyamiko, that […]

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 this past Saturday, January 13, when we celebrated the life of Nalongo Alice Nannyunga Muleto. She died on her birthday, December 29, 2017 at the age of 87. The clear blue skies, a textbook […]

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. Located 70 km southwest of Kampala, the Equator crossing point was a venerable spot surrounded by verdant bush and forest and a silence that was only broken by the engines of passing motor vehicles. […]

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, Kisoro District, Uganda I am very excited about this year’s Convention of ICOB-Uganda Chapter which will take place in Kisoro on December 27-29, 2017.  Dr. Francis Mwesigye Runumi, the chairman of […]

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, has made it a specialty, forever warning cultural and religious leaders to stick to their stuff which, according to him, does not include political matters. Of course, political comment that supports the rulers’ schemes and […]

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 of independence today, the legitimacy of its government is questioned and challenged by opposition party leaders and members. The results of the elections that returned President Uhuru Kenyatta to the State House were rejected by […]

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 was wild speculation and expectation that he was going to announce the formation of a new political party. Having worked themselves up to believe their own speculation, many were then disappointed that Muntu used the […]

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 Amuriat as its president. I congratulate Mr. Amuriat and wish him great success and God’s blessings in his pursuit of his clearly stated agenda. I did not vote for Mr. Amuriat. I supported Gregory Mugisha Muntu, […]

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 a greatly anticipated reunion, it will be the first time that the majority will have seen each other in 40 years. That is a very long time, of course, yet the memories of our […]