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, […]

Why I have resigned from the Forum for Democratic Change

I have been greatly honoured to be an active member of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) since its inception thirteen years ago. During part of that period, I have served as a member of the National Executive Committee, the National Council, the National Delegates Conference and External Envoy to Canada. From the FDC leaders’ […]

Kigezi Education Fund: update 2018

The Kigezi Education Fund (KEF) is the flagship program of the International Community of Banyakigezi (ICOB). A key instrument for implementing ICOB’s mission, KEF supports vocational and technical training of young Banyakigyezi, especially graduates of primary and secondary schools, to enhance their employability in the region and to offer investors in Kigyezi a readily available […]

Tei Tei and the Ugandan Diaspora’s role in national development

One of the most enduring lessons I learnt in medical school was about the death of an African migrant worker in England. His name was Tei Tei, a Nigerian whose death more than 60 years ago was masterfully recorded by Professor Cedric Keith Simpson in “Forensic Medicine,” his outstanding textbook on the subject. Professor Simpson […]

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 […]

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 […]