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 […]

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 I have been working on a website that we trust will broaden our dialogue and give voice to many who are unable to be heard through the traditional news media. The […]

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 with were not aware of the traditional equivalent of seconds, minutes, hours or dates. It is almost certain that such concepts were not part of our ancestors’ civilization, for time did not dictate human activities […]

Clans of the Banyakigezi

Enganda Zabanyakigyezi – Updated Please click on the above link and refresh your memory re: your clan, your clan totem and your clan’s friend. Banyakigyezi  youth who were born abroad may find this very helpful as they get into the years of dating and marriage. It is not just taboo to marry a person from your […]

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 Commission that President Yoweri Museveni was re-elected on February 18, 2016. All nine justices of the Supreme Court dismissed a petition by former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi which had sought annulment of the results on […]

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 aid agency has suspended approximately $472.8 million of funding for Tanzania because of the disputed March 20, 2016 elections in Zanzibar, in which the ruling party candidate was declared winner. The Civic United Front, […]

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 continues to mount regarding the damage the electronic age is doing to children’s brains. Scientists in Japan conducted an IQ study on 240 children aged 6-18 years, with a mean age of 12 years.   They […]

Herbert Byaruhanga

Herbert Byaruhanga is the Managing Director of Bird Uganda Safaris Ltd. and one of Uganda’s most distinguished tour guides. His company offers a variety of birding and wildlife tours of the most naturally resplendent regions of Uganda and Rwanda. I have followed Herbert’s work with great interest. His photographs of birds are always a delightful […]

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 benefit of antenatal ultrasound (US) availability.  They trained midwives at 5 centers in Mawokota North constituency to perform limited obstetric ultrasound scanning at each antenatal visit. The midwives were given solar-powered portable ultrasound machines. […]