Why Canada needs immigrants: A new study answers the question

Canada has one of the most liberal and welcoming policies among the industrialized nations. With a population of 36,779,667 (2017), Canada’s targeted immigration level is 300,000 immigrants per year. In November 2017, the Government of Canada published its new Immigration Levels Plan that will see the country welcoming 310,000 new permanent residents in 2018, 330,000 in […]

Importing Cuban doctors to Uganda an excellent measure

It is good that the Government is planning to import Cuban doctors to serve Ugandan patients. Partisan politics and reasonable demands by Ugandan physicians for better pay should not cloud the wisdom of sourcing doctors from any country that is willing to help ease Uganda’s critical shortage of these professionals. Whereas the World Health Organization […]

Rhoda Kalema@89: Still driven by a purposeful mission

This week we celebrate the birthday of a great woman whose immense wisdom and experience, intellectual curiosity and analytical mind invariably add to a visitor’s education. To spend an afternoon with Mrs. Rhoda Nakibuuka Kalema, who was born at Mengo Hospital on May 10, 1929, is to be in the presence of woman of class […]

Nagenda@80: courage, brother! Courage!

  We toast John Nagenda, who turned 80 on April 25th. Notwithstanding my inability to access a precise head count of Ugandans aged 80 and above, I confidently declare Mr. Nagenda to be among very, very few who have successfully defeated eight decades of life. We know that Uganda, with a population of 35 million […]

Correcting the names of our lakes, mountains and towns matters

His Majesty iNgwenyama Mswati III Dlamini has decreed that his realm, hitherto known as Swaziland, shall henceforth be called the Kingdom of eSwatini (or Umbuso weSwatini). He gave two reasons. First, a return to the roots was long overdue. Second, His Majesty was tired of his kingdom being confused with Switzerland. As expected many, including […]

Uganda then and now

Amazing what the brain does to the information that’s uploaded during childhood. It becomes rather hard to erase and replace it. For example, my Uganda remains a country that is still divided into 15 districts. Well, alright, 16 districts. That is the count that I think we had at independence in 1962, though I am […]

Banyakigyezi Convention in Canada to promote tourism in our homeland

The impact of Kigyezi’s beauty on the spirits of a first-time visitor is always a joy to watch. Last December, our friend Akello Miriam Atoro travelled from Gulu to Kabale to visit us. It was her first encounter with the Kigyezi experience. Her exhaustion, after an overnight journey by bus, vanished the moment we headed […]

Paulo Ngorogoza of Kigezi: the tragedy of neglect

My sadness at the state of the neglected palace of Ankole’s last king and the house of its first prime minister pales compared to the grief I feel each time I visit the once beautiful houses of Kigezi’s greatest leader. Those houses, one in Bukinda and the other in Kabale, Kigezi, were built by Paulo […]

Remembering Karekaho Karegyesa: privileged, humble servant.

  The death of the Honourable Karekaho mwene Karegyesa ka Makobore wa Muhoozi has left me with very mixed emotions. I am sad, thankful, fearful and positively proud. I am saddened, of course, because Karekaho’s death has broken another branch off an old tree that was the anchor to the world in which I grew […]