Memories of a beautiful Equator on Kampala-Masaka Highway

  In my youth, one of the highlights of a journey along the Kampala-Kabaare Highway was a stop at The Equator. Located 70 km southwest of Kampala, the Equator crossing point was a venerable spot surrounded by verdant bush and forest and a silence that was only broken by the engines of passing motor vehicles. […]

ICOB-Uganda Chapter Convention in Kisoro will be a perfect ending to the year

ICOB Uganda Chapter Convention 2017 Kisoro, Bufumbira Starts: December 27, 2017 @ 6:00 pm Ends: December 29, 2017 @ 12:00 midnight Place: Kisoro Town, Kisoro District, Uganda I am very excited about this year’s Convention of ICOB-Uganda Chapter which will take place in Kisoro on December 27-29, 2017.  Dr. Francis Mwesigye Runumi, the chairman of […]

May Ugandan MPs and clergy find the courage of the Three Wise Men

Ruling politicians in undemocratic countries love to tell other people to avoid political comment. Yoweri K. Museveni, the Ugandan ruler, has made it a specialty, forever warning cultural and religious leaders to stick to their stuff which, according to him, does not include political matters. Of course, political comment that supports the rulers’ schemes and […]

Worrisome political trends in Africa’s Great Lakes Region

The state of politics in our great lakes region continues to show a worrisome trend. As Kenya celebrates 54 years of independence today, the legitimacy of its government is questioned and challenged by opposition party leaders and members. The results of the elections that returned President Uhuru Kenyatta to the State House were rejected by […]

Mugisha Muntu and the search for clean politics

When Mugisha Muntu, the former president of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), called a press conference last week, there was wild speculation and expectation that he was going to announce the formation of a new political party. Having worked themselves up to believe their own speculation, many were then disappointed that Muntu used the […]

Besigye/Amuriat victory sets FDC on a clearer path

After a gruelling but free competition for its top position, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has elected Patrick Oboi Amuriat as its president. I congratulate Mr. Amuriat and wish him great success and God’s blessings in his pursuit of his clearly stated agenda. I did not vote for Mr. Amuriat. I supported Gregory Mugisha Muntu, […]

Makerere Medical School Class of 1977: triumph despite adversity

  When members of the Makerere Medical School Class of 1977 gather in Kampala during the weekend of November 10-12 for a greatly anticipated reunion, it will be the first time that the majority will have seen each other in 40 years. That is a very long time, of course, yet the memories of our […]

Deadly combination of human folly and greed

  Human folly. Human greed. Combine the two and you have a human tragedy that is as predictable as death. Yes, you read me right. Death is easy to predict. Nobody has ever survived life, that uniformly fatal condition that the fool takes for granted. How we live with hate and intolerance as though immortal! […]

2017 military invasion of Parliament worse than the 1966 edition

The playwright or Hollywood scriptwriter has plenty of material to produce a great drama, even a thriller, out of the military invasion of the Ugandan Parliament on April 15, 1966 and on September 27 this year. As usual, the movie goers, like newspaper readers, are bound to get the impression that the 2017 invasion was […]

Kadaga’s political suicide may not be as fatal as Kategaya’s

Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of the Uganda Parliament, who is said to have had thoughts of becoming president of Uganda, committed political suicide last week. By doing so, she reminded me of Eriya Tukahiirwa Kategaya who shredded his political legacy by jettisoning a core principle in exchange for short-term survival. What awaits Kadaga is public […]