No contradiction in being political but non-partisan

Can a group or organization be politically active but non-partisan? Is it possible for people who support different political parties to engage in healthy, nonpartisan political discussions? Is it possible to ban partisan content from social media discussion groups while promoting robust political dialogue? The answer to each of these questions is unequivocally yes. Yet […]

African rulers and their choice of death abroad

  Uganda’s current rulers and their associates spend millions of public dollars on their healthcare abroad, complete with comfortable digs for their bajanjabi (attendants) and pocket money for a little shopping before returning home. President Yoweri Museveni puts the annual figure at $75 million. This is Uganda’s contribution to the advance of quality health care […]

Lift the age limit

Uganda’s educated youth are restless. They want to inherit power and responsibility now. Many see anyone above 60 years of age (some say 50 years) to be too old and too tired to be entrusted with what they consider to be “their” future. One understands their restlessness. In a society where being employed by the […]

Reconditioned politicians and democratic feudalism

They are back! Yes, Hillary and Joe, as in Clinton and Biden, some of the permanent fixtures in American presidential politics, are back on the campaign trail. Early days, of course, but Hillary – First Lady of the USA, former Senator from New York and presidential candidate in 2008 and 2016 – has launched a […]

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 […]

Accept your fate, for that was your choice

Besigye-smiling

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 […]

My first pair of shoes

My wife and I once shared an apartment with a Ugandan friend. Born and raised in Kampala, Nakalema (not her real name) was incredulous when, at a dinner conversation, I casually mentioned that I did not wear shoes in primary school. “Olimba! (You are lying),” she exclaimed. “They allowed you to attend school without shoes?” […]