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Wishing I was old Zackie

By Mpuga Rukidi, Uganda: Zakayo is our version of Zachaeus. This is all thanks to the phonetic differences our languages have with European ones. We always want to cut the story short – though we in the process of course prolong a short story sometimes. Zacheus is the man in the Bible that went up a tree, all in a […]

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Why does the world hate us?

By Mpuga Rukidi, Uganda: I pose a question that appears to be premised on inferiority, and on a need to play victim. I always get those criticisms. But who says I care? I am determined to still pose the question: Just why does the whole wide world hate us? In social relations, as indeed in diplomacy, there is something called […]

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Welcome to the Almost Country!

By Mpuga Rukidi, Uganda: People have always blasted the state. I think some of that blasting is really, really, unnecessary. The state goes to great lengths to do so many things. It's just that sometimes not everything turns out the way the good state wishes. But isn't that just the nature of life? We are an 'almost country', not that […]

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2012 Missed Opportunities

By Mpuga Rukidi: It's all gone, 2012. But that won't stop us from talking about the year in which we were all supposed to perish – thanks to a theory of an ancient civilisation that appears to have been misinterpreted. We went to bed prepared to die (some of us at least) but somehow we survived. We can therefore talk […]

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Short Stories, Tale Africa

Church I

By Mpuga Rukidi: It's no joke. I am opening up my church, and very soon! Of course I had an inspiration for this: – I am sure you have heard about the OPM Scandal – the Office of the Prime Minister Scandal here in Uganda.  These days our media is awash (hate the word, but what to do?) with reports […]

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Focus on Africa

By Mpuga Rukidi: It is said a picture is worth a thousand words. May be even more. Am not here to refute that. Recently I saw a picture on Facebook. One of my Facebook friends, and one of the finest African broadcasters you'll ever hear, Peter Ndoro, posted a picture of a magazine. The magazine was 'Focus on Africa', published […]

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We Young Women…

Mpuga Rukidi: We stood in neat little rows. Our uniforms spot clean and our teeth an entire story of how much sugar we had each eaten. Our stockings, the grey type with huge blue and white stripes, pulled to beyond our knees, shone arrogantly. Our foreheads, knowing no sorrow, were full of happiness. Yours truly, eager to be appreciated by […]

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Never Again (2)

By Mpuga Rukidi: When I entered the room, grandma' had a huge look of guilt, the first time I had ever seen such a look on her face. She quickly told me not to worry, and that everything was going to be fine. In retrospect I can safely say if I had not entered the room in the nick of […]

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Never again (1)

By Mpuga Rukidi: Everyone was quiet. You could drop a pin and hear it make all roundabouts before it decided to settle, and be quiet like the rest of the people inside the derelict, 1923 erected sub county headquarters-cum courtroom. You could feel and touch the tension. It was the day judgment was to be delivered. Everyone sat spellbound, like […]

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