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 […]

Simukai! Wake Up and Fight for Your Rights

(Originally published on August 19, 2013, my thoughts have not changed.) Dear Tingasiga: My very dear friend Hope Chigudu muhara wa Bagyendera, a Ugandan-Zimbabwean, has a son called Simukai, a name that exhorts us to stop crying about human rights abuse; to rise up and do what we must but mostly fight for our rights, […]

Refreshing humility and redemptive love in Kampala and Windsor

Two beautiful marriage ceremonies this past weekend. One in Uganda, the other in England. Powerful lessons taught. Humility on display. Love preached to people in love. Hopefully heard by everyone else with ears. In a world that desperately needs changed hearts and attitudes. In Uganda, former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and his wife Jacqueline received […]

Why Canada needs immigrants: A new study answers the question

Canada has one of the most liberal and welcoming policies among the industrialized nations. With a population of 36,779,667 (2017), Canada’s targeted immigration level is 300,000 immigrants per year. In November 2017, the Government of Canada published its new Immigration Levels Plan that will see the country welcoming 310,000 new permanent residents in 2018, 330,000 in […]

Importing Cuban doctors to Uganda an excellent measure

It is good that the Government is planning to import Cuban doctors to serve Ugandan patients. Partisan politics and reasonable demands by Ugandan physicians for better pay should not cloud the wisdom of sourcing doctors from any country that is willing to help ease Uganda’s critical shortage of these professionals. Whereas the World Health Organization […]

Rhoda Kalema@89: Still driven by a purposeful mission

This week we celebrate the birthday of a great woman whose immense wisdom and experience, intellectual curiosity and analytical mind invariably add to a visitor’s education. To spend an afternoon with Mrs. Rhoda Nakibuuka Kalema, who was born at Mengo Hospital on May 10, 1929, is to be in the presence of woman of class […]

Nagenda@80: courage, brother! Courage!

  We toast John Nagenda, who turned 80 on April 25th. Notwithstanding my inability to access a precise head count of Ugandans aged 80 and above, I confidently declare Mr. Nagenda to be among very, very few who have successfully defeated eight decades of life. We know that Uganda, with a population of 35 million […]