Twenty years of writing and murdering the English language

It was Charles Onyango-Obbo who invited me to write a weekly column in The Monitor, a Ugandan daily newspaper. He had been a regular reader of my letter to Tingasiga, published in The Ugandan Newsletter, a quarterly pamphlet that had been founded in Toronto in 1988 by, among others, Mr. James Mukooza Sejjengo, Dr. Ssegane […]

Post-election ICOB-Uganda crisis resolved

The Uganda Chapter of the International Community of Banyakigyezi (ICOB-UC) was recently in the news, and not for a good reason. ICOB-UC has been embroiled in a crisis that was triggered by a group that challenged the legitimacy of the chapter’s new leaders that were elected on December 30, 2016. The crisis led to a […]

Our freedom is in prison with Stella Nyanzi

Two Ugandan women, both of them Christians, are at war with each other. Dr. Stella Nyanzi, a university researcher specializing in queer theory, uses sexually explicit vulgarity to fight Mrs. Janet Museveni, wife of the Ugandan president, who is also minister of education in her husband’s government. Stella’s language is deeply offensive to Janet, to […]

Farewell Seforooza muhara wa Ruraara rwa Mikaro-Rugwisa

Her name was Seforooza muhara wa Ruraara rwa Mikaro-Rugwisa rwa Bugashu bwa Rushwiga rwa Nyamiyonga ya Rwego rwa Birondoorwa bya Kazooba ka Nzira ya Kasigyi ka Kahanya ka Kataashe ka Minyaruko ya Nyamicence. Her clan was Omusigi w’Omuzooba. Born 92+ years ago at Rutooma in the Greater Mparo Area (GMA) in Kigezi, Uganda, she was […]

Neil Bonnell: a passion for teaching, a passion for life.

One of the reasons I enjoyed my high school years at King’s College, Budo, Uganda was the very high quality of teaching, supervision and nurturing we received from our teachers. One of the teachers that I held in very high esteem was Mr Neil Bonnell, a tall Australian gentleman who taught us English, cricket and […]

Herbert Karugaba

  Herbert Rheno Karugaba is a Munyakigyezi lawyer who was born 61 years ago at Masindi Hospital, in the great Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom during the reign of His Majesty Sir Tito Winyi IV Gafabusa, the son of the Mighty King Kabalega. Karugaba’s parents were Mr. Kezekiah Kifaku, Omutsyaba wa Katagata, Omutakama wa Kabuura, and Mrs. Merabu […]

Kabafunzaki-Hamid saga is an indictment of Museveni regime

Herbert Kabafunzaki has already been found guilty in the court of public opinion. People do not need concrete evidence to pass judgment on this Ugandan Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations who was arrested on Saturday on allegations of soliciting and receiving a bribe . Few are impressed by his vehement denial of […]

Old man’s crisis of patriotism

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An old man’s neighbour in Kigyezi The Old Man in Mparo, Kigyezi, Uganda struggles to get up from his bed. A constant backache has graduated to a serious pain only relieved by sleep. His Mukiga herbalist has tried his medicine for several months. Things are getting worse. He remembers the words of a visiting friend, […]

Accept your fate, for that was your choice

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FROM THE ARCHIVES Letter to a Kampala Friend July 23, 2001 By Muniini K. Mulera In Toronto Dr. Kizza Besigye: Like Beethoven, was deeply disappointed by his hero. Dear Tingasiga: Slowly the morning mist begins to lift, leaving bare the naked truth of the barren hills and valleys of the once gloriously beautiful land of […]

Museveni-Besigye talks: a necessary prelude to national dialogue

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There has been understandable skepticism by some and cautious relief by others upon learning that President Yoweri K. Museveni and Dr. Kizza Besigye have agreed to talk. Others have expressed outright rejection of the idea because they want nothing less than an immediate national dialogue representing a broad spectrum of interests. Without doubt, a national dialogue […]