Mugabe and the blindness of political cult leaders

Zimbabwe’s Robert Gabriel Mugabe held court at his home in Harare on Sunday July 29, the eve of an election that did not have his name on the ballot. Watching the live televised event via South African Broadcasting Corporation was a riveting experience. The 94-year-old former president, physically frail, was in great fighting form, his […]

Politics of the royal spit and spear in the Kingdom of Nkore/Ankole

The power contest between Abahima and Abairu elite of Ankole is as exasperating as it is fascinating. The history of their monarchy (Obugabe) is a subject that rarely lends itself to a dialectical consideration without igniting combustible emotions. It is little wonder that, like religion and partisan politics, the Obugabe of Ankole is a subject […]

Message from a Thai cave and a World Cup Tournament

Two great events in the last week. The first, in Chiang Rai, Thailand. The second, in Moscow, Russia. 6,500 km apart. Both involving soccer players. One, extremely high risk and nerve wracking. Twelve teenage lads and their coach, members of the Wild Boars football team, rescued from a cave (really a grave) in northern Thailand, […]

Canadian reminder of Kigezi’s unexploited tourism potential

A week after the gathering of Banyakigyezi in Vancouver, British Columbia, my wife and I, together with our two very close friends, are continuing our tour of parts of this beautiful province of Canada.  The gorgeous snow-capped rocky mountains; the many rivers with crystal clear waters cascading over ancient stones and rocks; the fresh water […]

Ugandan Diaspora do more than post brave stuff on social media

Two days ago, Joachim Buwembo, a distinguished Ugandan journalist posted a provocative and stimulating paragraph on his Facebook wall that generated vigorous debate. Buwembo, who has served as editor of this and other East African newspapers, wrote: “The economic outlook isn’t good. We can’t pin all hopes in government. Ugandans need to think hard how […]

Remembering Kongo of Budo

During my time as an inmate of King’s College, Budo, Wednesday afternoons were free. No classes. No set activities. For some, an opportunity to be idle and disorderly. For others, time to do laundry, clean up this and that, play favourite sports or solve the world’s problems through intellectual debates. To the music-addicts, it was […]

Voting wisely requires genuine freedom of choice

Ontario went to the polls last Thursday. A new parliament was elected, with it a new premier of the province. The days of campaigning were the usual non-news that one is accustomed to in these parts. Not much noise. No threats by the ruler to arrest his opponents. Just politicians of all stripes roaming their […]

Ontario voter’s longing for the ease of Rukungiri

Pray for me. Pray for Ontario, this beautiful and largest Canadian province that I have called home-away-from-home for 33 years. We go to the polls this Thursday, June 7, to elect a new provincial parliament. In my riding (that’s what we call constituencies here), the choice ought to be straightforward. Caroline Mulroney, the daughter of […]