My kind of person: Mary Mbeetabaitu Katanywa

Mrs. Katanywa. That’s all one needs to mention in Mburara, Nkore. No identifiers necessary. Everybody who is informed – and certainly anyone in his or her forties or above –  knows whom you are referring to. A great lady, successful farmer and rancher. Quietly influential. A mother of her own offspring and of many more […]

Godfrey Katanywa’s hair and the struggle for freedom

In the struggle for freedom, those who do things quietly often go unrecognized.  One example of this is Godfrey Karangwa Katanywa, a Ugandan who played an unexpected role in the struggle for civil rights in the United States of America. Katanywa from Ankole Kingdom, together with John Rwangoga from Kigyezi District and Francis Manana, another […]

Blessed Bishakas of Ibanda

It was one of those precious moments that occupy a special place in one’s heart and memory. On Wednesday January 24, 2018, my wife and I, together with our friend Rogers, stopped in Ibanda, Nkore, on our way from Kabarole, just to say hello to our friend Chris Bishaka.  We were very delighted to find […]

Grateful to Uganda’s Great Generation

The ranks of Uganda’s Great Generation have been pruned so thin that we, their offspring, are expected to be the elders of the clans. That is very humbling. Even more humbling is that the Lord has spared a few, among them my father, now in their 90s, still anchors that we look up to with […]

Zabuloni Kabaza: Living For Christ and His Kingdom

It was a joy to spend precious time with our dear friend, brother and mentor, Omugurusi Zabuloni Kabaza at his home on Friday February 9, 2018.  Mr. Kabaza was my father’s teacher at Kigyezi High School in 1946, then my teacher and headmaster at Kigyezi High School in 1965-66, and my Kateerarume (the one who […]

Budo co-education@85: How have the girls done?  

It was an inspired measure when the Board of Governors of King’s College, Budo acceded to the recommendation by Rev. Canon Harold Myers Grace, the headmaster, to admit girls to the school in 1933. In the 85 years since the first group of twelve girls entered Budo, among them Hannah Namuli Wamala, the future Mrs. […]

Treat all passengers at Entebbe airport as VIPs

I am writing this aboard an Emirates flight from Dubai, floating 32,000 feet above the sea, with 10,000 km to go before we arrive in Toronto.   On the night of February 11, 2018, my wife and I arrived in Dubai where we were treated like the valuable passengers that we are. No, we are not […]

Borderless living at Uganda’s borders

In January last year, on a visit to my ancestral home in Kahondo-ka-Byamamarembo, I invited my cousins to join me on a climb of the rugged, rocky mountain that towers above Nyamitooma village, the burial site of Rakeiri Keiramibwa, my maternal grandmother. More than fifty years earlier, it was on this mountain, called Nyamiko, that […]

Nalongo Alice Nannyunga Muleto: a worker with great love and faith

  Dignity. Honour. Reverence. Thanksgiving. These are some of the words that capture the occasion at Saint Paul’s Cathedral, Kako, Masaka this past Saturday, January 13, when we celebrated the life of Nalongo Alice Nannyunga Muleto. She died on her birthday, December 29, 2017 at the age of 87. The clear blue skies, a textbook […]

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. […]