Tei Tei and the Ugandan Diaspora’s role in national development

One of the most enduring lessons I learnt in medical school was about the death of an African migrant worker in England. His name was Tei Tei, a Nigerian whose death more than 60 years ago was masterfully recorded by Professor Cedric Keith Simpson in “Forensic Medicine,” his outstanding textbook on the subject. Professor Simpson […]

Mugabe and the blindness of political cult leaders

Zimbabwe’s Robert Gabriel Mugabe held court at his home in Harare on Sunday July 29, the eve of an election that did not have his name on the ballot. Watching the live televised event via South African Broadcasting Corporation was a riveting experience. The 94-year-old former president, physically frail, was in great fighting form, his […]

Politics of the royal spit and spear in the Kingdom of Nkore/Ankole

The power contest between Abahima and Abairu elite of Ankole is as exasperating as it is fascinating. The history of their monarchy (Obugabe) is a subject that rarely lends itself to a dialectical consideration without igniting combustible emotions. It is little wonder that, like religion and partisan politics, the Obugabe of Ankole is a subject […]

Message from a Thai cave and a World Cup Tournament

Two great events in the last week. The first, in Chiang Rai, Thailand. The second, in Moscow, Russia. 6,500 km apart. Both involving soccer players. One, extremely high risk and nerve wracking. Twelve teenage lads and their coach, members of the Wild Boars football team, rescued from a cave (really a grave) in northern Thailand, […]

Ugandan Diaspora do more than post brave stuff on social media

Two days ago, Joachim Buwembo, a distinguished Ugandan journalist posted a provocative and stimulating paragraph on his Facebook wall that generated vigorous debate. Buwembo, who has served as editor of this and other East African newspapers, wrote: “The economic outlook isn’t good. We can’t pin all hopes in government. Ugandans need to think hard how […]

Simukai! Wake Up and Fight for Your Rights

(Originally published on August 19, 2013, my thoughts have not changed.) Dear Tingasiga: My very dear friend Hope Chigudu muhara wa Bagyendera, a Ugandan-Zimbabwean, has a son called Simukai, a name that exhorts us to stop crying about human rights abuse; to rise up and do what we must but mostly fight for our rights, […]

Refreshing humility and redemptive love in Kampala and Windsor

Two beautiful marriage ceremonies this past weekend. One in Uganda, the other in England. Powerful lessons taught. Humility on display. Love preached to people in love. Hopefully heard by everyone else with ears. In a world that desperately needs changed hearts and attitudes. In Uganda, former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and his wife Jacqueline received […]

Remembering Karekaho Karegyesa: privileged, humble servant.

  The death of the Honourable Karekaho mwene Karegyesa ka Makobore wa Muhoozi has left me with very mixed emotions. I am sad, thankful, fearful and positively proud. I am saddened, of course, because Karekaho’s death has broken another branch off an old tree that was the anchor to the world in which I grew […]

Treat all passengers at Entebbe airport as VIPs

I am writing this aboard an Emirates flight from Dubai, floating 32,000 feet above the sea, with 10,000 km to go before we arrive in Toronto.   On the night of February 11, 2018, my wife and I arrived in Dubai where we were treated like the valuable passengers that we are. No, we are not […]

Borderless living at Uganda’s borders

In January last year, on a visit to my ancestral home in Kahondo-ka-Byamamarembo, I invited my cousins to join me on a climb of the rugged, rocky mountain that towers above Nyamitooma village, the burial site of Rakeiri Keiramibwa, my maternal grandmother. More than fifty years earlier, it was on this mountain, called Nyamiko, that […]