Success of Uganda’s new districts depends on you and me

The anticipated birth of Uganda’s latest districts on July 1, 2017 triggers different emotions in different people. Some are hopeful. Others are despondent. Some are anxious. Others are confident. Some have a mixture of these emotions. A few are so opposed to the idea of mini-districts that they do not engage in discussions about how […]

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 […]

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 […]

Floods and landslides are not God’s will

Mulera in boots

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 […]

Muhabura- The Guide: a photo-essay

All photos in this essay shot with a cellphone.   She straddles the Uganda-Rwanda border with a silent majesty. Muhabura (The Guide), an extinct volcano (or so they say), whose date of last eruption is unknown, was completely covered with mist and clouds when we arrived in Kisoro at mid-day on Wednesday January 11, 2017. […]

Sun kisses Lake Bunyonyi goodnight

Lake Bunyonyi, Kigezi. The Sun kisses her good night on the evening of January 9, 2017. What words can express the visual experience? How does one convey the sense of peace and calm? Lake Bunyonyi, this 25 km long lake, with a perimeter length of 64 km, is Africa’s second deepest lake. It has 29 islands, […]

Poor roads stunt Kigezi’s development

I am in Kigezi, enjoying the warmth and hospitality of Banyakigezi, renewing old friendships, catching up on developments in the lives of relatives and taking in the breathtaking beauty of this blessed land. For the most part, nearly every experience fills me with joy. Not even the evident economic challenges dampen my spirits. Without doubt, […]

Kigezi District Council Members 1961

Dr. James Mugisha gwa Kikira kya Mbagyeruka gave me a printed copy of this photograph more than ten years ago. It is one of my most treasured records of our history, not only because I knew many of these elders but also because it presents leaders who were very firmly grounded and honourable in the […]

Katiikiri: The man who fed future leaders

Memories of 1966 flood black with torrential force. That bloody year of political and military turmoil stands out like a sore thumb in Africa’s history. Though I was aware of the news reports and listened to my parents discussing the political upheaval with their friends in sombre, funereal tones, I neither understood their impact nor […]