Dark Taxi Tales

Yesterday, at about 8pm, on my way home from church (yes I did go to church yesterday. No it wasn’t Prophet Mbonye’s church. Those of us who don’t have money for offertory were told to pray in this late evening service. My dear pastor doesn’t want to listen to our stories of hard life and shit. So we were preached to by the deputy assistant pastor. I think this guy is an intern pastor – training or volunteering as he builds his own church. His preaching was all oba how!? We were just about 20 congregants, mostly youth and two or three old women who looked like widows searching for husbands. If anyone wants an old wife, come to my church. We got plenty.)

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Graduate Studies

I have been looking for the perfect university at which I could study for a sponsored Master’s degree in Water Resources Engineering…and I thought I had found one…   ..and then…   ..50 dollars…this translates to about Uganda shillings. 190,000/= (one hundred ninety thousand shillings only). Just when it looked like I would finally get…

Swimming at Her Own Risk

As if swimming were not scary enough, she ventures off to the river for an open water bungee jumping experience. All by her lonesome. She and her friends coined this part of their lives, “Lonely Fear.” It was where they went when they didn’t feel like being social or seen. She walked in on a…

13:23 to 13:38

13:23 to 13:38 She prefers numbers to words. The numbers maintain their meaning whether she says them or someone tells them to her.  She’s sitting outside this afternoon, warming in the sun, thawed out for the first time today. The sofa faces the garden downhill and she sifts through the chores in her mind, the…

Coffee and a Timer.

The same wind that scattered the leaves outside accompanied by the sounds of a passing train fills the room accented by the crisp morning air. The vibrant aroma of a fresh cup of coffee seemed to have extricated itself from the thick, cream coating over the surface, penetrating deep into his nose and watering his…

Dreams of the Old.

He could have taken the car to work. But that meant sitting in traffic, and a huge slice out of his savings for the Multiplex parking fee. After all,  his retirement, or call it by its real name, retrenchment, loomed. At his advanced age, he’d never find anything meaningful to do. He sits on the…

Silent Night..

The night before you expect your life to change is usually the worst night to be awake. The night before exams start, the night before your dream wedding, the night before your big interview. The pressure and weight of expectations sits solidly upon your shoulders. It feels like the weight of the world is suddenly…

Rukungiri/Mbarara

As I prepared to set off for Rukungiri, I felt a shiver of anticipation, that familiar fear of the unknown, of mysteries and new experiences. Not being sure of where I was heading and what the journey held in store for me, I was scared and worried for my own safety and for the safety…

UCC

This country is not a kingdom. There will come a time when change will be inevitable. Those that won’t be ready for it will pay a heavy price. Those that won’t have prepared strategically for it will be left in the shadows. Those of us that anticipate it will live in the glory it will…

Taxi Tales 2

Yesterday, at about 8pm, on my way home from church (yes I did go to church yesterday. No it wasn’t Prophet Mbonye’s church even tho I had received an invitation. {Picture attached} Those of us who don’t have money for offertory were told to pray in this late evening service. My dear pastor doesn’t want…

Parliamentary shenanigans

Our MPs were manhandled, beaten like chicken thieves and thrown out of our August House. All we did was watch on in the comfort of our homes, glued to TV sets and old radios. We watched in silence as Tumwebaze and various Ministers commanded our attention and lectured us about this “noble cause” of amending…

The Wait

She was the babe everyone wanted to date in high school. She was the “slay queen” of the time. Every horny guy wanted a piece of her. We all wanted to be seen talking to her. Somehow, being seen in conversation with her suddenly elevated your social standing at school. A few minutes jazz with…