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 […]

Floods and landslides are not God’s will

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Omugurusi Ezra Kisigo Mulera in Mparo, after the rains (late 1980/early90s). Photo by Edward Nobel Bisamunyu After the dry season, the rains. That is how things worked in my childhood in Mparo, Rukiga, Kigyezi. The rains of Katumba (March) soaked the hills and mountains, with millions of liters infiltrating the rich soil. The runoff was […]

Friday March 18, 1977 – Graduation Day, Makerere University, Kampala

Friday March 18, 1977 - Graduation Day, Makerere University, Kampala

Graduation Day, Friday March 18, 1977 – From left to right: Dr. Gregory Thabiso Lebona, Dr. Muniini K. Mulera, Dr. Aggrey D.S. Kiyingi. Greg is now Professor of Human Anatomy in South Africa. Aggrey is a cardiologist in Australia. By God’s grace! Words cannot express the feeling, but in my Daily Monitor Column of Tuesday March […]

Horace Parlan: the triumph of a genius of Jazz piano

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  Horace Parlan: b. January 19, 1931 Pittsburgh, PA, USA d. February 23, 2017 Korsor, Denmark Horace Parlan, a giant of Jazz piano music, may not be as well known as some of his contemporaries, but his music is some of the best in the Jazz canon. The Blues and Soul were his trademark. His […]

Celebrate Women’s Day but the destination remains distant

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Tilling the land, an African woman’s burden, right from early childhood. Forgive me my sisters and women friends, but this year I am not burning with passion about the International Women’s Day. Oh, yes! It is a great moment for us to celebrate and reflect on the journey travelled thus far. We have come a […]