Choices: Stand up for human rights or abet torture with silence

A Facebook friend, posted a video recording last week of a very dangerous and chaotic scene where people wearing yellow tops, presumably Kampala Capital City Authority (KKCA) officers, together with other armed people in police uniforms, and others in plain clothes, very roughly manhandle a woman with a baby strapped to her body. The captors […]

Memories of a great city before Kampalitis struck

I first set foot in Kampala 50 years ago. An indelible image of early 1966 Kampala is that of what looked like a very tall tree atop a hill, with many red lights, rising towards heaven, with an ominous presence at night, at once frightening and attractive. It was the Uganda Television mast, rising out of […]

Jinja triplet deaths compounded by news media distortions

It appears that the Monitor report that triplets died last week because the mother had been refused admission to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital was a distortion of the facts. To be sure, I was angry when I read that the staff had refused to admit Ms. Monicah Wokobeire, the triplets’ mother, because they were preparing […]

Ugandan MPs and their demand for VIP funerals

  Ugandan MPs continue to shock us with their shamefully unquenchable thirst for public cash. In a country where 67 per cent of the population is “vulnerable to poverty”, the legislators are awarding themselves nearly Sh. 68 million ($20,000) each to pay for their funerals. The peasant is expected to pay for this luxury of […]

Are Ugandan MPs’ junkets to Diaspora gatherings worth the taxpayer’s money?

A very large delegation of Ugandan MPs and other government officials spent this past weekend attending the Ugandan North American Association (UNAA) meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.  The speaker of parliament and her deputy were the leaders of the delegation. Another group, including the leader of the opposition in parliament and the mayor of Kampala was […]

Break the chains of dependency: Tusaba Gavumenti Tweyambe

Tusaba Gavumenti Etuyambe is a cynical take on the pervasive culture of dependency, entitlement and unlimited power of the state.  It speaks of a symbiotic parasitic marriage between ruler and subject. The government is the giver of everything. The citizen is the passive beneficiary.  The government belongs to a small group with weapons. The citizen […]

Beware of the dark world of the Internet

    Social media like Facebook and WhatsApp are valuable tools for communication of positive and constructive information. However, they are also dangerous forums through which cowards and small-minded people merchandise lies that they would not dare state face-to-face. Once posted on the Internet, outright fabrications and myths become quotable sources for the gullible. Some […]

Time to get tough on all Ugandan road users

The escalating carnage on Uganda’s highways has left many people declaring that the roads “are finishing us!” The Kampala-Gulu Highway’s premiere position as the most dangerous appears to have been assumed by the Kampala-Kabale route. In fact the apparent rise in fatalities may be a function of “being in the news” rather than a significant […]