What is happening with the schools in Kampala? This theft of schools started with the Shimon Dem and Nabegeraka School and it seems it is now spreading allover Kampala. Who is protecting the interests of the schools? These schools are supposed to have protected land titles issued by the Uganda Land Commission, or by Mengo so why are unkown people stealing school land and selling them off to people with money? Why should it be MPs to intervene and not Jeniffer Musisi of KCC or the Ministry of Education or Mengo?

Some schools in Kampala have been squeezed into remaining with only classrooms as land for playgrounds and co-curricula activities is given away to investors.

Schools including the Nabagereka Primary School, Nateete Muslim
Primary School, Buganda Road Primary School; Kitante Primary School
and the Nakasero Primary School, are all managed by the Kampala Capital City Authority.

Each school, according to KCCA records, has a population of not less
than 1,000 pupils. A Parliamentary probe committee investigating the giveaway of city schools’ land on Wednesday ordered KCCA to put caveats on all the contested land.

George Okello via the UAH forum

Moses Nekyon shares his run-in with Abu Mayanja during his S.4 Vacation!

Some of Abu Mayanja's children. His successor is a lawyer called Hatimi Nasser Lumweno

Some of Abu Mayanja’s children. His successor is a lawyer called Hatimi Nasser Lumweno

Abu Mayanja was a Very interesting character to say the least. During my S4 vacation, I worked in Radio Uganda as a presenter for one of the Saturday night shows. At that time, one Abubaker Kakyama Mayanja, was the Minister of Information‎.

The Ministry got a donation‎ from the government of Japan of transistor radios, which were to be distributed to all the staff of Radio Uganda and Tv.

How those radio’s ended up on William and Luwum streets on sale, is yet unexplained to me to date, but the staff at Radio Uganda and Tv went postal and threatened to go on strike.

To make a long story short, a meeting was called which was to be addressed by Abubaker Mayanja. After hearing the staff’s gripes, the fellow stood up and told us that “we make up a very small percentage of Uganda and so we should return to our jobs or get fired.”

The staff‎ went nuclear and charged the main stage. All I heard was the ministers bodyguards cocking their guns and I was out of there.

The next day Abu Mayanja apologized but never explained how the radio sets got onto William and Luwum streets.

Moses Ocen Nekyon Via the Ugandans at heart forum


1.Democratic government, of which I am unashamedly a supporter, cannot not be created by writing a Constitution. Ultimately, democracy does not reside in the Constitution, but in the hearts and minds of the people – Abu Mayanja, 1967.

2.In my opinion there is no justification for detention without trial. I repeat so that there is no shadow of doubt of where I stand on this. There is no justification for detention without trial – Abu Mayanja on the Emergency Powers Act, 1967

3.I consider myself to have no mandate to vote on this proposal to abolish the Kabaka in Buganda. I have no mandate to do that and I hope I shall be granted the indulgence. This is not a question of refusing loyalty or bad loyalty or anything of that kind. On conscientious grounds, I conscientiously object; it is contrary to my understanding of sense of duty and honor; my honor as a self-respecting man, having pledged myself to preserve and uphold an institution and then to come here and vote it out of existence – Abu Mayanja; on the abolition of kings.

4.I am saying that these powers used even by an angel are dangerous. Mr. speaker even God himself has not allowed himself these powers! We Muslims believe that on the day of judgment we shall be called and the angels will read out a record which will be an indictment before God, who will know – because God is Omniscient, He knows everything – He will know beforehand that Mayanja is guilty or not guilty, but God who is Omniscient on the day of judgment will get the indictment read out by an accusing angel and man will be given an opportunity to defend himself.

5.It is a habit of mind…a question of temperament of our people, the spirit of tolerance, of sharing basic beliefs and value so that there is a substantial majority of people in the country who say that “far and no further” and this can be respected. – Abu Mayanja on Democracy.

6.The key-note of the Government proposals is the concentration of all powers of government – legislative, executive, administrative and judiciary – into the central Government institutions and the subjection of those institutions to the control of one man – the President. The result is the creation – not of a republic, but of a one- man dictatorship – Abu Mayanja on the 1967 Constitution.

7.Only a law that goes against the concepts of common morality could send the editor to jail and suspend the newspapers while leaving the author of the offending article at large.” – Abu Mayanja on the imprisonment of J.W.Kiwanuka in 1956 and the subsequent ban of the Uganda Express and Uganda Post.

8.In 1986, the Minister of Information and Broadcasting banned WEEKEND DIGEST. Its editors, the late Wilson Wandera Lwande and Ndugu Dr. Jesse Mashatte were detained before being charged with sedition.

Hon Mayanja (RIP) said the paper was trying to tear the NRM broad-based government apart,. This followed a Digest story ‘COUP PLOT AGAINST NRM GOV’T FOILED’, which Hon Mayanja said was fake. 4 months later, the suspects in the story were rounded up and charged with treason but DIGEST remained banned and is the only newspaper ever to be banned by the NRM government.Subsequently, Mashatte started THE TABLET but soon after left for Britain where he is now.

9.He had another favourite Luganda one at his old age which earned him a nickname ” Nthambi” from “thighs” :”Omukasi alina bithambi nunchi nnyo!” -1991



OK, I’m not a Gen. David Sejusa fan but I think he is one of the top Generals in the country who would fit in perfectly well alongside Kizza Besigye, Mugisha Muntu(for FDC), Erias Lukwago(for DP) and little known Asuman Basalirwa(JEEMA), to form possibly the best opposition force in the East Africa. He is a viable and realistic transfer option for any of the opposition teams in the next few months. He has been meeting, greeting and shaking hands with almost everyone including president Museveni. May be,…..and this a big MAY BE, he has a plan that goes beyond hand-shaking and rhetoric.By the way, lets not forget the opinion of the legendary Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye who believes that anybody willing to help to erode the dictatorship is welcome.

Tinyefunza is probably like Chelsea’s Fabrigas: he is the most intelligent passer in the league but he isn’t exactly the fastest guy on the pitch. But he could be resourceful for any mediocre side, of which the opposition are at the moment( with due respect)!

Now,here is a quick poll: Gen. Tinyefuza David should be part of the coalition in 2016-2021,yea or Nay?????

Let each African country contribute 20 soldiers to the Libyan coastline


Can we formulate a local solution to this unnecessary death of our own? All reports indicate that those attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea use Libyan coastline to connect to Italy where they perish in the sea. One accident can be excused, but not this trend that sees hundreds of immigrants drowning.

This is yet another challenge which puts African countries in international radar. Why can’t we formulate a local solution. Up till now, only European voices can be heard but none from Africa yet the majority of the dead are Africans.
Proposal: Let each African country contribute 20 soldiers to be deployed at the crossing points along the Libyan coastline to stop human trafficking. Twenty soldiers from each country receiving their local salaries can be mobilized and funded without a big problem. At least we will have attempted to stop the death toll.

African Union and other stakeholders have to get involved as Libya has failed; we can no longer watch at a distance as our people die.

I am glad to note that the European Union (EU) members are already working on some possible ways similar to my proposals; one of the 10 suggestions is the need to prevent the departure of the immigrants from Libyan coast. We do not have to take a back stage as Europeans try to help stop drowning. The majority of those drowning are Africans, that is why we should be at the fore front.

I think our problem is to ignore issues brewing and only react when it is too late. Libya is a very good example, Gadaffi murdered his people, he sponsored revolutions, he sponsored terrorism, he undermined even fellow leaders while the world watched and and in some cases, cheered. Slowly but surely he accumulated 42 years in power; surprisingly we have people who say it was a mistake to stop such a person from his handiwork, was it destined?

The people drowning are running away from genuine causes, otherwise, I doubt if they would dare cross the waters knowing that they may never reach or survive. For a man and his wife to risk their lives including that of their children is not a simple matter. They must be trying to escape the worst experience in their lives.

Peter Simon Via the UAH forum

The tragedy unfolding in Libya has consequences beyond Libya and Africa


The tragedy unfolding in Libya has consequences beyond Libya and Africa for that matter. I hope the Italian security services are screening those boat migrants because word out is that the ISIS monsters have released criminals and mixed them with their sympathisers and given them access to Europe. Yes for every ten people one could be an ISIL mole planted to go to Europe and cause damage. So if Italian and European security agents fail to do a thorough interrogation things could soon very bad in Europe. In plain English, ISIS is using boat migrants to transport its members to European capitals to cause havoc.

What ISIS is doing is similar to what Fidel Castro did during the Mariel boat ride. He emptied Cuban jails and gave safe passage to criminals to Miami. Find out what happened in Miami after. Crime skyrocketed as rape and murder hit the roof.

On as serious note it is time for African countries to put together strong military force to go and stabilize Libya. The rebels could only win with NATO bombing. Talk about a solution to problem gone terribly wrong. Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia and some Sub Saharan African countries need to come up with a 20, 000 strong force to go and liberate Libya before it goes the Iraq way. If Liyba became another Somali, things could very bad in the region so time to act.

Italy in particular and Europe in general may very son rue their actions in Libya. The genie is out and the monsters have their sights on Italy on the water. ironically, it is mostly Italy rescuing them and taking them to Europe. Notice how they operate mingle with genuine refugees. Well Italians will very soon find out the fruits of their scheme to bring democracy to Libya.
Please do not answer but think about how many sleeper monsters have made their way to Italy as refugees to be activated at a later date.

Talk of a moral dilemma facing Italy.

WBK via the UAH forum


Outside Ebb airport at night

Outside Ebb airport at night

As we live in these well lightened cities and towns, we start to get afraid of the dark. There is nothing that frustrated my children in Uganda as the dark in Uganda. And it is built on we go to Uganda to expect the worse for that is the reputation Uganda has built its self. Very bad accidents that should not have happened, but they surely do happen. Bad murders that should not have happened but they surely do happen. But Ugandans have reached this silliness of posting may he/she rest in peace of firkin daily without being enraged on why did this individual die? Look only last week how many prominent Ugandans have died? But do you see any one out raged? No they all simply say may he/she rest in peace. Now how many porojos actually die out there? So we go in counting days of my God when do we get out? At the speed that is driven on Entebbe road, tight as that road is, security conscious as that road is, littered escorts as that road is, given a simple fact that for some very unknown reason most of the international flights into and out of Entebbe are in the night, the entire span of Kampala Entebbe needs to have lights.

Darkness on Entebbe road

Darkness on Entebbe road

Forget the powering of Entebbe airport but the entire Entebbe Kampala span needs street lights. When you land at night you are driven into the dark and see sheer death coming at you in the dark, when you are flying out you are driven to Entebbe with your back crack open for you have no idea who is going to smash into your car and he is going to smash into it when you are not seeing him. I made it a habit to arrive into Entebbe at 6pm and sit it out to my midnight flight out. But there is nothing to do in Entebbe, so this summer I am going to do exactly what I did last trip, drive out of the zoo a day before my international flight, for I need a psychological settling before I take off than being that hyped when my flight is this long. If Ugandans put lights on Entebbe Kampala road it will increase the passengers into EBB, we are very scared of the dark.



UCRA founder,Omwony Ojwok, Is a Classic Example of a used Diaspora by Museveni!

Grace Akullo of the CID went to my primary school in Dokolo; it seems she has her work cut out working in a den of thieves. I dont give her 1 more year in the role because the corruption and sleaze in the NRA is slowing but inexorably creeping towards her.

Unfortunately, she does not have fans in Dokolo, so her expected downfall will be welcomed by many. I am still the hero of our primary school, although I left many years ago. The NRA corrupts everyone who touches it. An example is the late Comrade Omwony-Ojwok. The man was so principled when he was with us here in London, but towards his death while serving as a Minister in the NRA, he was as heavily involved in the corruption as anyone else, giving as well as he was taking. I was shocked when someone told me a Chinese Telecoms company had given him millions of shillings to operate the mobile network in the north-eastern Uganda region.

UCRA was started by Omwony Ojwok, Damba Nambago (since returned to Ugada), Wafula Kangala, Steven Irumba ( returned to Uganda to be Prime Minister of Tooro Kingom-served two terms), Mr Idro (Executive in Barclays Bank) and myself. We started in a small office next to Higbury and Islington provided by the British Communist Party for free since we did not have any money to pay rent. The organisation was managed for many years by Damba Nambago and my cousin Omara Awany, while Omwony-Ojwok and I remained on the Board. It grew in size and attracted funding to allow Damba to move it to the Selby Centre in Haringey where they are still based. Omwony and I left UCRA to set up Uganda Mpya in Brixton, with me as Chairman. Uganda Mpya still exists with its offices at 365 Brixton Road, opposite Brixton police station, although I left its Board to set up another organisation in South East London.

Omwony-Ojwok was a very charismatic leader who was respected by almost everybody in London. He would be found in all the early exile organisations like the Uganda Group for Human Rights where Ugandans used to meet every Sunday. He and I edited the political weekly “Uganda Mpya” when we left the Board of UCRA. We were all very
surprised and badly shaken when Omwony-Ojwok decided to return to Uganda, first to head the Uganda Aids Commission and later to join the NRA as Minister. He kept his return a secret from us for many months, but a week before he returned, we summoned Omwony Ojwok to a political meeting at Uganda Mpya to explain himself. He explained that indeed he was returning to Uganda, said he had been in exile all his life since he left Uganda in 1971 after the Amin coup, he had a disabled mother in London who could no longer cope with life in the UK, with the loneliness and isolation and most importantly, he assured us he had not abandoned his revolutionary past.

Once in Uganda, Omwony reduced contact, and although he was returning to London frequently, I would only find out after he had left. It became clear he was avoiding me,but the last time I heard he was in London, I got in contact with his son and told him I would come to see him the next day. Instead he phoned me and we agreed to meet at Michael mem’s joint AFAB in Deptford. I thought we were going to have a political meeting on a one to one basis and give Omwony Ojwok an opportunity to explain the very drastic politcal actions he had taken. Moreover rumours regarding corruption had already began circulating about him which I wanted to question him about. Unbeknown to me, Omwony Ojwok had also invited other people for the meeting, and instead of a one to one, there were now about 30 people and there was no chance that we could have any private conversation. I was very annoyed and walked out after 10 minutes never to see or talk to Omwony-Ojwok again. He died a few months later.

Omwony-Ojowk was very instrumental in mobilising Ugandans in the UK in the days after the NRA took over power. The refugees who came at the time, especialy Acholi refugees will remember his indomitable spirit and open door policy. He always kept everyone going despite the odds and helped many Ugandans get employment in the UK, including myself. My first job in the UK was at the Brixton Community Law Centre which I got through Omwony-Ojwok since he was already very well known in Brixton politics and knew the Councillors who were the Trustees of the Law Centre. He made quiet recommendations which eased my interview process.

I noticed very early Omwony-Ojwok’s association with the NRA/M. I used to meet Dan Nabudere as he was a frequent visitor to London before he returned home from exile. The UNLA-AD had a relationship of sorts with the NRA but at the time I thought that was just part of its policy of negotiating with all political forces. Because all our meetings and activities in London were built around the understanding of removing the NRA from power and we, based in London, would form a transitional government to restore constitutional order in Uganda. This was the basis on which me as a member of the UPC collaborated with the UNLF-AD. I think the UNLF-AD in the end realised they did not have a political base in Uganda, and since they could not lead any armed struggle in Uganda, some of them decided to join the enemy instead. I think this is what happened with Comrade Omwony-Ojwok. I agree they could also used honey pot operations to trap him- he had a weakness with women.


Mayumba 10 Cell started during Idi Amin’s time after 1972 September invasion.When Amin divided Uganda into 10 provinces; Central, South Buganda, North Buganda, Busoga, Eastern, Western, Southern, Northern, Nile and Karamoja, and about 40 districts, he came up with other local administrations reforms including dividing parishes (mulukas or miruka) into sub parishes (abatongole) abaasoma who were supervising village chiefs (abatongole) under whom, there were Mayumba 10 Cells.
For example, my home village Nnambiriizi was under my grand father as Village Chief/ Mailo Land owner covering Nnambirizi, Kisomesa, Kyabukuku, Nseese, Nakayigula and Kiduuma villages. All these automatically became 10 houce cells under Mayumba 10 chiefs, one of them was my paternal uncle.

Some leading Ugandan civil servants of the 1960s -1980s. Seated L to R, George William Sooka Bakibinga, James Nyonyintono Zikusooka, Kalibbala, Albert Brewer Abaliwano. Standing, L, Professor Asavia Wandira; Extreme Right, Alfred Luba ( former Kampala City Engineer )

Some leading Ugandan civil servants of the 1960s -1980s. Seated L to R, George William Sooka Bakibinga, James Nyonyintono Zikusooka, Kalibbala, Albert Brewer Abaliwano. Standing, L, Professor Asavia Wandira; Extreme Right, Alfred Luba ( former Kampala City Engineer )

The ingredient the UNLF Government put in was democratization. Amin;s chiefs were appointed as it was the case before. For UNLF, Mayumba 10 were democratically elected.

But again Obote ll went away with electing Mayumba 10 chiefs and imposed its own, the last one in my village was nicknamed “Musoga” as he hailed from Busoga.

It’s NRM/NRA that came with RCs now LCs that are popularly elected.
So neither UNLF nor Obote 11 introduced Mayumba 10. It was Amin’s Government that introduced Mayumba 10 but it had imported it from neighbouring Tanzania.

Ahmed Musaazi via the UAH forum


From Uganda's telephone directory, 1977

From Uganda’s telephone directory, 1977

By John Nazareth – Mississauga, ON

The Gomesi or Busuuti (as the dress is alternatively known) is the defacto national dress of Uganda. It is an elegant and colourful floor-length dress. However, up to now anyone who peruses through the web for the origins of the dress would be unclear as to when it was designed – dates vary between 1905 and the 1940s – and who exactly designed it other than it was a man called Gomes. When Ella and John Gomes asked me to write an article about the Gomesi and the part played by their father, Caetano Milagres Gomes (CM), I thought that it was all quite straightforward. Instead, it turned out to be a detective story and the process of finding out turned out to be quite exciting. So come and journey with me.

When was it designed and by whom?

The story starts out with the birth of Gayaza High School[1] in 1905 and Miss Alfreda Allen, the Headmistress asking a tailor, Mr. Gomes to design a uniform for her girls.

Reading through an article based on an interview with CM Gomes[2], he appeared to be unclear about whether it was he or his elder brother Anton Gloria Gomes (AG), both of whom were working together, who designed the dress. CM recalled that it was his elder brother AG who talked to Miss Allen as AG was already stitching uniforms for Gayaza when CM first came to Kampala to join his brother in 1908. But in that same interview his memory gave indirect clues as to when and how the dress came to be.

So the earliest that the Gomesi could have been designed was in 1905 as that was when Gayaza High School opened. However, Gayaza first used the “suuka”[3] [4] made of bark-cloth as a school dress in 1905. Furthermore AG Gomes first came to Uganda from Goa India in 1905 as well, and would have just started his tailoring business, so it is unlikely that it was designed then. Sometime between 1905 and 1908 Ms Allen approached AG Gomes to make a “suuka” of cotton as it was more durable. The next phase came to resolve the problem of the “suuka” unraveling when the students were doing manual work, so Miss Allen sought a better design to preserve the modesty of the pupils[5]. AG did that by adding a yoke to the design[6].

In the interview[7] with CM Gomes, he recalled clearly that the Gomesi did not become popular with the masses until the wife of Kabaka Daudi Chwa II wore it for the Kabaka’s coronation – and it was he that had stitched her dress. That the Kabaka’s future wife, Irene Drusilla Namaganda, came to Gomes to stitch her dress was not as surprising as it may seem. According to Cox et al “… and when the Kabaka was looking for a wife, it was to Gayaza that he came …”[8] As a former student of Gayaza, Miss Namaganda would have known the Gomes brothers well.

The Gomesi has some aspects of Victorian/Edwardian dresses (those puffed sleeves) and some aspects of the sari that Gomes was familiar with from his homeland – Goa, India. A sash was also added around the waist to accentuate the feminine figure. The embellishment of the original school uniform would only make sense – if the Kabaka’s queen was going to use it, CM wanted something special.

Kabaka Chwa’s coronation took place in 1914 and hence it is this year that should be honoured as the birth-year of the Gomesi/ Busuuti.

The Names – Gomesi/Busuuti

The name Gomesi is obviously associated with the name of its designer, Mr. Gomes. Originally the dress used to be called Teitei Gomesi[9] – the Gomes dress (“teitei” being the Swahili word for dress or gown). Over time people dropped “teitei” and Gomesi it was.

The name “Bodingi” has also been used[10], a name that probably came from the fact that Gayaza was a Boarding School. This name was likely more associated with the school uniform than the fully matured Gomesi dress design, but it is still occasionally used.

The origins of the associate name “Busuuti” (or as is sometimes heard, “Basuti”) is a story in itself. To speculate on the name “Busuuti”, “suuti” could easily be a borrowed equivalent of “suit”. Bantu languages will often add an “i” at the end of the borrowed word, e.g. in Swahili → askari, [motor] car – “gari”. And just as “Bu” in front of the root word “Ganda” denotes the place of the Ganda people, (and similarly with Bugisu, Busoga etc..) “Busuuti” may have originally designated the “home of this [special] suit” – the Gomes’ tailor shop. After some time of calling the Gomes’ store Busuuti, the name may have passed on to the suit-dress itself. Alternatively, the term “Basuti” could have designated the women who used this special suit. In time the term may have passed on to the dress. There is still scope for more digging here.

Is the Gomesi/Busuuti Truly Ugandan?

Was the Gomesi designed by a foreigner? If you know the Gomeses, they were close to their customers who were British, Asians and Africans. The history of the Goan people[11] is that they have been a multicultural community for a thousand years – and that is why Goans fitted so well with the society in Uganda. Like many Indian peoples who lived in Uganda prior to the 1972 Expulsion, the Gomeses became Ugandans. 1972 was a heartbreak for the Gomeses, not because they lost property, but because they lost home (Uganda) and so many [African] friends.

Politics aside, the Busuuti’s design had many influences including British and Indian. However, the base design started with the suuka and CM must have had some inputs from the Kabaka’s future queen. The two brothers may have exchanged ideas about the design, but CM would have had the greatest influence as he finally stitched it. Culture is not static – British culture was formulated by numerous peoples that invaded it. Likewise Uganda took many influences at the time. Perhaps a large cross-section of Ugandans embraced the Gomesi because of the many influences that came together to create the unique design within its borders and so it became one of the icons of a new nation.

So the design of the dress came about because history brought together the Gomes brothers, Miss Allen and Miss Namaganda – and CM Gomes had the honour of stitching that first dress. It is possible that designed evolved further after 1914.

The Gomes Brothers and Their Descendants

A short history of the Gomes’ Tailors shop – AG Gomes came to Uganda in 1905 and started a tailoring business in the corner of a store in the district of Mengo. In 1908, after CM Gomes joined his brother, a store was opened under the sign-board “A.G. Gomes & Brother”[12]. AG Gomes died in 1928, leaving the business and his three children in the care of his brother CM Gomes. AG’s wife also died suddenly, three months after her husband. During the Second World War the Gomes shop stitched uniforms for the resident British soldiers. Gayaza’s uniforms were all stitched at the store for many years. In 1918, the store moved to Kampala Road opposite the Uganda Herald office. The final location was on Kampala Road opposite the Kampala Institute. After two robberies at the store, the business closed down in the late 1960’s.

CM Gomes sailed on a dhow from Goa, India across the Indian Ocean to Mombasa. From there he took the train to Kisumu on Lake Victoria. From Kisumu he travelled on a boat (slightly larger than a canoe) across Lake Victoria to Port Bell in Uganda. From there he travelled, with very little luggage, on a rickshaw to central Kampala. As an attachment to the old country, he carried in a bag on his back a large clock, which hung on his wall for decades.

CM Gomes had five children. Among them, Roger was probably the best known because he was an accomplished Field Hockey player, playing for the illustrious Sikh Union (later Simba Union), representing Uganda between 1954 and 1971, and being a Sports Anchor on UTV. As National Executive Secretary, he was instrumental in the organizational process of getting the Uganda team a place in the 1972 Olympics. As a professional trainer at Kyambogo Teachers’ Training College (now Kyambogo University), he organized the training camp that resulted in the selection of the team and was its trainer until R.S. Gentle took on the position of coach. CM’s daughter Ella also represented Uganda in Women’s Field Hockey.

In 1972 during the Expulsion of Asians from Uganda, CM Gomes and his children Marcella and Mathew (now deceased), Roger and Ella (and later his son John) moved to Toronto, Canada to join his daughter Julie who had married John D’Sa and moved there a few years earlier. CM’s wife Anna had died in Kampala in 1955. CM Gomes died in Toronto in 1981. Besides his six children, he had six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, all of whom live in Canada.

AG Gomes and his wife Felecidade had 3 children Joseph, Placido and Antoinette – all of whom have passed away. He has nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren that live across the United Kingdom, Kenya and the USA.

The Gomes family members were very proud and honoured at hearing that a postage stamp had been issued in Uganda in December 2007 to celebrate the “Gomesi”.

A personal note

I am grateful to Ella, John, Julie and Roger Gomes who shared all their memorabilia and notes on their father with me. It meant so much to me to reconnect with Uganda as I have always considered part of myself as African Ugandan.

John H. R. Nazareth

Mississauga, Canada

April 2010


[1] Gayaza High School was formed as a boarding school for girls by Anglican lay missionaries. As a coincidence, my wife Cynthia attended Gayaza in the late 1960s and through the research for this article I was both able to find for her a copy of the history of her school and get her in touch with one of her favourite former teachers, Miss Sheelagh Warren.

[2] A short interview by the Uganda Argus with Mr. CM Gomes in December 1967.

[3] “Gayaza High School – The First Ninety Years” – Edited by Joan Cox, Brenda Richards and Sheelagh Warren.

[4] Also, interesting letter by Mr. S. J. Luyimbazi-Zake’s letter to Uganda Argus in December 1967.

[5] Ibid Fooftnote 3.

[6] According to Ella Gomes, this is what her father told her.

[7] Ibid Footnote 2 plus recollections from Ella and John Gomes.

[8] Ibid Footnote 3.

[9] CM Gomes’ eldest son Roger remembers this well.

[10] Ibid Footnote 4.

[11] “Of umbrellas, goddesses & dreams – Essays on Goan Culture and Society” – Professor of Anthropology, Robert Newman, formerly of Latrobe University, Australia.

[12] It was formally established several years later in 1918 – see letterhead.


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