Social status and justice in Uganda

I do not wish to litigate or interrogate the case of Herbert Kabafunzaki, a Ugandan MP who is accused of corruption, to which he has pleaded not guilty. It is a matter for the courts to settle and it is not the purpose of this post. My interest is in social status and justice in Uganda. I am […]

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 […]

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 […]

Our freedom is in prison with Stella Nyanzi

Two Ugandan women, both of them Christians, are at war with each other. Dr. Stella Nyanzi, a university researcher specializing in queer theory, uses sexually explicit vulgarity to fight Mrs. Janet Museveni, wife of the Ugandan president, who is also minister of education in her husband’s government. Stella’s language is deeply offensive to Janet, to […]

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 […]

Neil Bonnell: a passion for teaching, a passion for life.

One of the reasons I enjoyed my high school years at King’s College, Budo, Uganda was the very high quality of teaching, supervision and nurturing we received from our teachers. One of the teachers that I held in very high esteem was Mr Neil Bonnell, a tall Australian gentleman who taught us English, cricket and […]

Kabafunzaki-Hamid saga is an indictment of Museveni regime

Herbert Kabafunzaki has already been found guilty in the court of public opinion. People do not need concrete evidence to pass judgment on this Ugandan Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations who was arrested on Saturday on allegations of soliciting and receiving a bribe . Few are impressed by his vehement denial of […]

Old man’s crisis of patriotism

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An old man’s neighbour in Kigyezi The Old Man in Mparo, Kigyezi, Uganda struggles to get up from his bed. A constant backache has graduated to a serious pain only relieved by sleep. His Mukiga herbalist has tried his medicine for several months. Things are getting worse. He remembers the words of a visiting friend, […]

Museveni-Besigye talks: a necessary prelude to national dialogue

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There has been understandable skepticism by some and cautious relief by others upon learning that President Yoweri K. Museveni and Dr. Kizza Besigye have agreed to talk. Others have expressed outright rejection of the idea because they want nothing less than an immediate national dialogue representing a broad spectrum of interests. Without doubt, a national dialogue […]