Neglected home and legacy of Ankole’s greatest leader

The pitiful state of Mugaba, the palace of Omugabe of Ankole, did not prepare us for the shocking condition of a house on a hill just across the valley from the king’s palace. That house was once the residence of the single most influential figure in that kingdom’s history. The gentleman was Owekitiinisa Nuwa Mbaguta […]

Shame on you, Banyankore!

Ugandan tourism promoters give disproportionate weight to our country’s abundant wild animals and other popular destinations. These are magnificent, of course, and will satisfy the majority of once-in-a-lifetime visitors. However, great beauty awaits one who chooses the unbeaten path through the countryside. Our recent visit to Ankole, for example, was the highlight of our winter […]

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 […]

What was Uganda’s Kale Kayihura thinking?

  I am completely indifferent to Kale Kayihura’s dismissal from the office of Inspector General of Police. If anything, I am deeply grateful to President Yoweri Museveni for saving my dear brother Kayihura from himself. Well, at least until he appoints him to some other position of violent power. No, I do not excuse the […]

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 […]

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 […]