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 […]

Deadly combination of human folly and greed

  Human folly. Human greed. Combine the two and you have a human tragedy that is as predictable as death. Yes, you read me right. Death is easy to predict. Nobody has ever survived life, that uniformly fatal condition that the fool takes for granted. How we live with hate and intolerance as though immortal! […]

2017 military invasion of Parliament worse than the 1966 edition

The playwright or Hollywood scriptwriter has plenty of material to produce a great drama, even a thriller, out of the military invasion of the Ugandan Parliament on April 15, 1966 and on September 27 this year. As usual, the movie goers, like newspaper readers, are bound to get the impression that the 2017 invasion was […]

Kadaga’s political suicide may not be as fatal as Kategaya’s

Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of the Uganda Parliament, who is said to have had thoughts of becoming president of Uganda, committed political suicide last week. By doing so, she reminded me of Eriya Tukahiirwa Kategaya who shredded his political legacy by jettisoning a core principle in exchange for short-term survival. What awaits Kadaga is public […]

Kisiizi Hospital in Uganda urgently needs your help

Dear friends, Kisiizi Hospital, one of the best managed community general hospitals in rural East Africa, has been devastated by floods. I am reaching out to you as a man born and raised less than 20 kilometers from that hospital, in Kigezi region of Uganda, and on behalf of the Board of the International Community of Banyakigezi […]