Rajat Neogy: the man behind Transition Magazine

  Rajat Neogy, the founder and first editor of Transition Magazine, who was arrested in Kampala 50 years ago this week, would have turned 80 this year. His personal story has been overshadowed  by his remarkable work with his magazine. Except for the obituaries and memorials that were published in The New York Times, The […]

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 […]

Paulo Ngorogoza of Kigezi: the tragedy of neglect

My sadness at the state of the neglected palace of Ankole’s last king and the house of its first prime minister pales compared to the grief I feel each time I visit the once beautiful houses of Kigezi’s greatest leader. Those houses, one in Bukinda and the other in Kabale, Kigezi, were built by Paulo […]

Enoch Lugimbirwa: saved to serve.

It was a great honour to share time with Mr. Enoch Lugimbirwa in Mburara, Nkore in January this year. A very dear brother in Christ, MR. Lugimbirwa is a refined gentleman whose warm smile and laughter reflect his great love for humanity. Mr. Lugimbirwa, who has lived and served in Mburara, Nkore for over 70 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

MUGISHA MUNTU: A democrat in words and deed

Gregory Mugisha Muntu, the President of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), likes to remind his fellow politicians that they cannot give what they don’t have. This is usually said in the context of demands for democracy and transparent leadership that are his party’s raison d’etre. Muntu says this with the confidence of one who […]