Rajat Neogy: the man behind Transition Magazine

  Rajat Neogy, the founder and first editor of Transition Magazine, who was arrested in Kampala 50 years ago this week, would have turned 80 this year. His personal story has been overshadowed  by his remarkable work with his magazine. Except for the obituaries and memorials that were published in The New York Times, The […]

Why I have resigned from the Forum for Democratic Change

I have been greatly honoured to be an active member of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) since its inception thirteen years ago. During part of that period, I have served as a member of the National Executive Committee, the National Council, the National Delegates Conference and External Envoy to Canada. From the FDC leaders’ […]

Kigezi Education Fund: update 2018

The Kigezi Education Fund (KEF) is the flagship program of the International Community of Banyakigezi (ICOB). A key instrument for implementing ICOB’s mission, KEF supports vocational and technical training of young Banyakigyezi, especially graduates of primary and secondary schools, to enhance their employability in the region and to offer investors in Kigyezi a readily available […]

Tei Tei and the Ugandan Diaspora’s role in national development

One of the most enduring lessons I learnt in medical school was about the death of an African migrant worker in England. His name was Tei Tei, a Nigerian whose death more than 60 years ago was masterfully recorded by Professor Cedric Keith Simpson in “Forensic Medicine,” his outstanding textbook on the subject. Professor Simpson […]

Mugabe and the blindness of political cult leaders

Zimbabwe’s Robert Gabriel Mugabe held court at his home in Harare on Sunday July 29, the eve of an election that did not have his name on the ballot. Watching the live televised event via South African Broadcasting Corporation was a riveting experience. The 94-year-old former president, physically frail, was in great fighting form, his […]

Politics of the royal spit and spear in the Kingdom of Nkore/Ankole

The power contest between Abahima and Abairu elite of Ankole is as exasperating as it is fascinating. The history of their monarchy (Obugabe) is a subject that rarely lends itself to a dialectical consideration without igniting combustible emotions. It is little wonder that, like religion and partisan politics, the Obugabe of Ankole is a subject […]

Message from a Thai cave and a World Cup Tournament

Two great events in the last week. The first, in Chiang Rai, Thailand. The second, in Moscow, Russia. 6,500 km apart. Both involving soccer players. One, extremely high risk and nerve wracking. Twelve teenage lads and their coach, members of the Wild Boars football team, rescued from a cave (really a grave) in northern Thailand, […]

Canadian reminder of Kigezi’s unexploited tourism potential

A week after the gathering of Banyakigyezi in Vancouver, British Columbia, my wife and I, together with our two very close friends, are continuing our tour of parts of this beautiful province of Canada.  The gorgeous snow-capped rocky mountains; the many rivers with crystal clear waters cascading over ancient stones and rocks; the fresh water […]