Meaningful patriotism through community volunteerism

In the months leading up to my brother’s wedding in 1992, very many of his friends and work associates offered him substantial amounts of money in support of his budget. Though he had not planned to hold a kasiki (bachelor’s prenuptial party), his friends insisted on fully funding one. Several parties followed the wedding, all […]

Uganda Leader of Opposition in Parliament debate settled

The debate is settled. The Party President of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) will appoint the Leader of the Official Opposition in Parliament (LOP.)   Since Wafula Oguttu, the LOP in the 9th Parliament, lost his seat in the February 18 exercise, we expect a new person in that role. The debate has raised serious questions […]

FDC’s debate re: Leader of the Opposition in the Uganda Parliament

The debate by Uganda’s Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leaders regarding the position of Leader of the Opposition in Parliament has triggered some questions in my mind. Too lazy to read the Constitution and the laws that govern parliament, I seek guidance from my learned friends. First let us go back to February 19, 2016, the […]

African solution to Africa’s democratization problem

With his arrest last week, Dr. Kizza Besigye joined a growing list of African politicians incarcerated because they declared themselves the duly elected presidents of their countries. Nigeria’s Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola declared himself president in 1994 after Gen. Ibrahim Babangida had annulled the results of the 1993 elections. Abiola was incarcerated for four years […]

My hoe is all I have

My hoe is all I have By Muniini K. Mulera I watch my king and president Toast his guests resplendent In garb that fits the best Who rule over the rest   They wine and dine and toast Unbothered at all by cost Of life beyond our dreams Reserved for royals it seems   I […]

Kampala is burning!

Quick! Stop reading now. Put down your iPad. Look out the window. There is a huge fire burning in the south of town. See the huge smoke billowing up with all the pent up rage of mother Earth? No, it is not teargas. That is kid’s play compared to what is upon you now. And […]

Stella Nyanzi’s nudity and the hypocrisy of the morality police

The nude protest by Dr. Stella Nyanzi, a research fellow at the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR), in response to the closure of her office by Dr. Mahmood Mamdani, her boss, has triggered an understandable public uproar. Yet she was not the first woman to use her nakedness as a protest against a “system” she […]

On the Mamdani-Nyanzi Standoff

The events at the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) are of great concern to me as an alumnus of the great university. I confess to being possessed of limitless pride in Makerere, both because I am a lucky beneficiary of that university and the memory of people who have come before us. My generation holds […]

Museveni-Besigye contest: how I saw it 16 years ago

From the Daily Monitor Archives: November 6, 2000 (Background: Dr. Kizza Besigye wrote a landmark critique of the NRM in late 1999. He was threatened with court-martial. He was spared after intervention by elders from Rukungiri. Plans were afoot to arrest him in late 2000.  Although Besigye had had no interest in being president, and […]

State-of-the-art health services an affordable necessity

My wife and I spent the whole of January 2012 in Kigezi, falling in love all over again with my homeland and her adopted home in Uganda. Most of our stay was very pleasant, the hospitality a sweet reminder of what we missed most about our country. However, three heartrending images are indelibly seared onto […]