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Thank you Frank for believing in Uganda until your last breath

Mr Francis Senteza Kalibala, popularly known as Frank was a nice guy. A strong guy. A man whose convictions were as strong as his muscles. That’s why he was in Uganda Presidential candidate Bobi Wine’s security team. Every day when he sprung from bed and sprinted to work, he did…

He is avoiding eye contact with her

He is avoiding eye contact with her, looking to his right, as if wondering why that tree across the street is dancing so wildly yet the breeze is gentle. All her attention is in the French fries before her. She is forking the fries with elaborate precision, focusing on the…

What's in His Bag?

2.37PM. Waiting room, Gertrude Children Hospital, Donholm Branch. The guy seated across me has a pot belly that is stubbornly evident despite the white baggy shirt that he is wearing. A black mask sits tightly on his face. His broad forehead is so high that it seems as if it…

Cancer on the Floor

I am seated in a black metallic seat right outside the chemotherapy wing of the HCGCCK Cancer Centre. But for the grace of God, I would be here for a chemo session, not to pick medicine for a friend. The reception area of this chemotherapy wing looks so spick and…

You have two ears and one mouth so that you can listen more and talk less

A couple of weeks ago, La Reine (The Queen in French) and I visited Fred’s ranch in Isinya, Kajiado County. It is named after its owner, Fred Obachi Machokaa, a famous veteran Kenyan journalist. After taking our seats in a well-manicured garden, La Reine needed the wifi password. She glanced…

Tears Cleanse the Soul

Do you remember the last time tears streamed down your cheeks? Your eyes moistened then you felt some wetness as a little river erupted from the depths of your heart, into your eyes then down your cheeks. You sniffed, fished out a napkin from your handbag and wiped those tears.…