Canadian reminder of Kigezi’s unexploited tourism potential

A week after the gathering of Banyakigyezi in Vancouver, British Columbia, my wife and I, together with our two very close friends, are continuing our tour of parts of this beautiful province of Canada.  The gorgeous snow-capped rocky mountains; the many rivers with crystal clear waters cascading over ancient stones and rocks; the fresh water […]

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 […]

Remembering Kongo of Budo

During my time as an inmate of King’s College, Budo, Wednesday afternoons were free. No classes. No set activities. For some, an opportunity to be idle and disorderly. For others, time to do laundry, clean up this and that, play favourite sports or solve the world’s problems through intellectual debates. To the music-addicts, it was […]

Voting wisely requires genuine freedom of choice

Ontario went to the polls last Thursday. A new parliament was elected, with it a new premier of the province. The days of campaigning were the usual non-news that one is accustomed to in these parts. Not much noise. No threats by the ruler to arrest his opponents. Just politicians of all stripes roaming their […]

Importing Cuban doctors to Uganda an excellent measure

It is good that the Government is planning to import Cuban doctors to serve Ugandan patients. Partisan politics and reasonable demands by Ugandan physicians for better pay should not cloud the wisdom of sourcing doctors from any country that is willing to help ease Uganda’s critical shortage of these professionals. Whereas the World Health Organization […]

Rhoda Kalema@89: Still driven by a purposeful mission

This week we celebrate the birthday of a great woman whose immense wisdom and experience, intellectual curiosity and analytical mind invariably add to a visitor’s education. To spend an afternoon with Mrs. Rhoda Nakibuuka Kalema, who was born at Mengo Hospital on May 10, 1929, is to be in the presence of woman of class […]

Nagenda@80: courage, brother! Courage!

  We toast John Nagenda, who turned 80 on April 25th. Notwithstanding my inability to access a precise head count of Ugandans aged 80 and above, I confidently declare Mr. Nagenda to be among very, very few who have successfully defeated eight decades of life. We know that Uganda, with a population of 35 million […]

Correcting the names of our lakes, mountains and towns matters

His Majesty iNgwenyama Mswati III Dlamini has decreed that his realm, hitherto known as Swaziland, shall henceforth be called the Kingdom of eSwatini (or Umbuso weSwatini). He gave two reasons. First, a return to the roots was long overdue. Second, His Majesty was tired of his kingdom being confused with Switzerland. As expected many, including […]