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 […]

In Defense of Yoweri Museveni

We have seen this movie before. Multiple episodes since 1962. Different actors. Same producers. Same script. Just a variation on a theme. The movie: Uganda Against Itself. The actors: various rulers and their courtiers. The latest episode – The Age Limit – released in 2017, now playing in a theatre near you. Produced by: Ugandan citizens. […]

Kisiizi Hospital tragedy a wake-up call for all of us

  In recent days, the springs of the great deep have burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens have been opened all over Uganda. Landslides and floods have exacted painful disruption on hundreds of thousands, displaced by torrents of muddy water that have turned their homesteads and farms into lakes and deathtraps. Acholi, Bugisu, […]

Sergei Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor Op.18

When it comes to top tier piano concertos, we are spoiled for choices. I could spend the rest of my life listening to piano concertos only and would have no regrets whatsoever. The challenge is to choose which single one, among the hundreds that are available in very good recorded sound, to take with me on […]