Uganda then and now

Amazing what the brain does to the information that’s uploaded during childhood. It becomes rather hard to erase and replace it. For example, my Uganda remains a country that is still divided into 15 districts. Well, alright, 16 districts. That is the count that I think we had at independence in 1962, though I am […]

Banyakigyezi Convention in Canada to promote tourism in our homeland

The impact of Kigyezi’s beauty on the spirits of a first-time visitor is always a joy to watch. Last December, our friend Akello Miriam Atoro travelled from Gulu to Kabale to visit us. It was her first encounter with the Kigyezi experience. Her exhaustion, after an overnight journey by bus, vanished the moment we headed […]

Paulo Ngorogoza of Kigezi: the tragedy of neglect

My sadness at the state of the neglected palace of Ankole’s last king and the house of its first prime minister pales compared to the grief I feel each time I visit the once beautiful houses of Kigezi’s greatest leader. Those houses, one in Bukinda and the other in Kabale, Kigezi, were built by Paulo […]

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 […]

Neglected home and legacy of Ankole’s greatest leader

The pitiful state of Mugaba, the palace of Omugabe of Ankole, did not prepare us for the shocking condition of a house on a hill just across the valley from the king’s palace. That house was once the residence of the single most influential figure in that kingdom’s history. The gentleman was Owekitiinisa Nuwa Mbaguta […]

Shame on you, Banyankore!

Ugandan tourism promoters give disproportionate weight to our country’s abundant wild animals and other popular destinations. These are magnificent, of course, and will satisfy the majority of once-in-a-lifetime visitors. However, great beauty awaits one who chooses the unbeaten path through the countryside. Our recent visit to Ankole, for example, was the highlight of our winter […]

Enoch Lugimbirwa: saved to serve.

It was a great honour to share time with Mr. Enoch Lugimbirwa in Mburara, Nkore in January this year. A very dear brother in Christ, MR. Lugimbirwa is a refined gentleman whose warm smile and laughter reflect his great love for humanity. Mr. Lugimbirwa, who has lived and served in Mburara, Nkore for over 70 […]

What was Uganda’s Kale Kayihura thinking?

  I am completely indifferent to Kale Kayihura’s dismissal from the office of Inspector General of Police. If anything, I am deeply grateful to President Yoweri Museveni for saving my dear brother Kayihura from himself. Well, at least until he appoints him to some other position of violent power. No, I do not excuse the […]

Godfrey Katanywa’s hair and the struggle for freedom

In the struggle for freedom, those who do things quietly often go unrecognized.  One example of this is Godfrey Karangwa Katanywa, a Ugandan who played an unexpected role in the struggle for civil rights in the United States of America. Katanywa from Ankole Kingdom, together with John Rwangoga from Kigyezi District and Francis Manana, another […]