Floods and landslides are not God’s will

Mulera in boots

Omugurusi Ezra Kisigo Mulera in Mparo, after the rains (late 1980/early90s). Photo by Edward Nobel Bisamunyu After the dry season, the rains. That is how things worked in my childhood in Mparo, Rukiga, Kigyezi. The rains of Katumba (March) soaked the hills and mountains, with millions of liters infiltrating the rich soil. The runoff was […]

Friday March 18, 1977 – Graduation Day, Makerere University, Kampala

Friday March 18, 1977 - Graduation Day, Makerere University, Kampala

Graduation Day, Friday March 18, 1977 – From left to right: Dr. Gregory Thabiso Lebona, Dr. Muniini K. Mulera, Dr. Aggrey D.S. Kiyingi. Greg is now Professor of Human Anatomy in South Africa. Aggrey is a cardiologist in Australia. By God’s grace! Words cannot express the feeling, but in my Daily Monitor Column of Tuesday March […]

Celebrate Women’s Day but the destination remains distant

Kid labourers

Tilling the land, an African woman’s burden, right from early childhood. Forgive me my sisters and women friends, but this year I am not burning with passion about the International Women’s Day. Oh, yes! It is a great moment for us to celebrate and reflect on the journey travelled thus far. We have come a […]

Yes, honor Dr. Margaret Mungherera in Parliament

Of the many beautiful tributes and eulogies last week in memory of the late Dr. Margaret Mungherera, I was especially struck by what was said by two key figures in Uganda’s ruling establishment. Former Vice-President Specioza Wandira-Kazibwe wanted Margaret’s body in parliament. After all she was a national hero, Specioza rightly observed.  Prime Minister Ruhakana […]

Dr. Margaret Mungherera lived for a cause

Dr. Margaret Mungherera, dead at 59. Hard to write that. Last time I met her, Margaret was so full of life, so full of that energy that always uplifted us even when things appeared dark. She came to us, like a bright meteorite in the dark African sky, here but a moment, an impact event, […]

Memories of Budo and the Ian and Dorothy Robinson Chapel

  Exactly fifty years ago today, I entered King’s College, Budo, to begin a secondary school education that would become the defining experience of my life. After a daylong Kabale-Kampala bus ride, followed by a taxi-ride back to the Budo junction on the Kampala-Masaka highway, I walked the four kilometre journey to the school that […]

An afternoon at Budo in 1996

Wednesday, April 24, 1996 By Muniini K. Mulera Today is Wednesday, April 24, 1996 and I am visiting King’s College Budo on this lovely sunny afternoon.   I am most pleased to meet Dennis Mutabazi, son of an old friend, Arthur Gakwandi. Mutabaazi, a Senior 4 student, has offered to take me around the school and he is […]

Muhabura- The Guide: a photo-essay

All photos in this essay shot with a cellphone.   She straddles the Uganda-Rwanda border with a silent majesty. Muhabura (The Guide), an extinct volcano (or so they say), whose date of last eruption is unknown, was completely covered with mist and clouds when we arrived in Kisoro at mid-day on Wednesday January 11, 2017. […]

Sun kisses Lake Bunyonyi goodnight

Lake Bunyonyi, Kigezi. The Sun kisses her good night on the evening of January 9, 2017. What words can express the visual experience? How does one convey the sense of peace and calm? Lake Bunyonyi, this 25 km long lake, with a perimeter length of 64 km, is Africa’s second deepest lake. It has 29 islands, […]