Caesarean section in Buganda in 1879

FROM THE TINGASIGA ARCHIVES: February 1, 1999 Dear Tingasiga: The last palace of Kabaka Mutesa I at Kasubi-Nabulagala, is perhaps the most visible evidence of the grandeur and sophistication of late nineteenth century Buganda. The visitor who beholds the architectural marvels of Muzibu-azaala-mpanga, Mutesa’s main residence at Kasubi-Nabulagala which is now a mausoleum for the […]

Photoessay of Traditional woven dinnerware

Here are examples of  three millet bread baskets from my part of the world (Rwanda and Kigezi).  They come in different sizes, shapes and decorations.  Please tell me about the baskets and other dinnerware  you use in your part of the world for serving millet bread. What stories can you share about these revered containers of oburo […]

Ugandans for Peace must insist on non-violence

The news of the multiple murders of people in the military barracks at Makindye, Kampala, has left me deeply saddened. While the circumstances of the killings remain to be fully explained, the irreversibility of the deaths is a dark certainty that concentrates our minds on the ugliness of violence that has troubled our country for […]

Scrap academic requirements for MPs and other leaders

Academic qualifications are overrated as a measure of ability in political leadership. It was my stated view during the Constitution debates in 1994/95 that no citizen should be denied the right to seek any office simply because of arbitrary academic requirements. I continue to disagree with Articles in the Uganda Constitution that require possession of […]

Uganda Cabinet Ministers on June 6, 2016

The following list of cabinet minister nominees is doing the rounds. It may or may not be correct. Cabinet List Published in The Monitor Newspaper on June 6, 2016 As of 21:00 hours (East African Standard Time), the Official Cabinet Ministers list on the State House Website is entirely different. Official Cabinet List (State House […]

Meaningful patriotism through community volunteerism

In the months leading up to my brother’s wedding in 1992, very many of his friends and work associates offered him substantial amounts of money in support of his budget. Though he had not planned to hold a kasiki (bachelor’s prenuptial party), his friends insisted on fully funding one. Several parties followed the wedding, all […]

Uganda Leader of Opposition in Parliament debate settled

The debate is settled. The Party President of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) will appoint the Leader of the Official Opposition in Parliament (LOP.)   Since Wafula Oguttu, the LOP in the 9th Parliament, lost his seat in the February 18 exercise, we expect a new person in that role. The debate has raised serious questions […]

FDC’s debate re: Leader of the Opposition in the Uganda Parliament

The debate by Uganda’s Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leaders regarding the position of Leader of the Opposition in Parliament has triggered some questions in my mind. Too lazy to read the Constitution and the laws that govern parliament, I seek guidance from my learned friends. First let us go back to February 19, 2016, the […]