The Doctor who would like to be Jennifer Musisi’s driver

Dr. Silvia Awor, an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Gulu University, followed an academic track at Class A institutions. High school at Mt. Saint Mary’s Namagunga; Medical school at Makerere University; and Postgraduate fellowship in obstetrics and gynaecology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Hers was the kind of education that prepared her to effectively compete […]

Charade behind lifting Uganda’s presidential age limit

Ugandan President Yoweri K. Museveni, who will be 77 years old at the time of the next elections in 2021, wants Article 102(b) of the Constitution amended to give him legal cover for his plan to continue to rule his realm. His public claim of disinterest in the matter is a cynical reprise of similar […]

MUGISHA MUNTU: A democrat in words and deed

Gregory Mugisha Muntu, the President of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), likes to remind his fellow politicians that they cannot give what they don’t have. This is usually said in the context of demands for democracy and transparent leadership that are his party’s raison d’etre. Muntu says this with the confidence of one who […]

State of ICOB in 2017:Confident, Focused, Revitalized

My fellow Banyakigezi, It is an honour to report to you that as we celebrate the fourteenth anniversary of the birth of the International Community of Banyakigezi (ICOB), our organization is more determined than ever to accomplish our core objectives. These objectives, established at our founding convention in Toronto in July 2003, are to: Protect […]

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 […]

What does a sick Ugandan do? Good question, Ms. Kadaga

  Three Ugandan politicians have died in the last three weeks. Maria Lubega Mutagamba, a former minister of tourism died from complications of liver cancer.  She was 64. John Sebaana Kizito, a former government minister, wealthy businessman, mayor of Kampala, political party leader and presidential candidate died from a stroke. He was 82. Kaudha Grace […]

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 […]