CSIS delivered again this afternoon, with extremely compelling remarks (references to Ugandan President Yowerei Museveni as a militaristic dictator set the tone) by Bishop Dr. D. Zac Niringiye, currently a Fellow at the Human Rights and Peace Centre of Makerere University. Bishop Zac, as he seems to be known, spent a lengthy career in ecumenical service, recently retiring as Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Kampala to focus on political and human rights activism, an activity that has drawn the vigorous ire of the State. His academic pedigree is just as impressive as his oratory skills (although I am not of the proper generation, I could not help but think of the black American civil rights leaders based in the Church when hearing him speak). His first degree was in physics (Makerere), he received a master’s degree in the US (Wheaton), and his doctoral/divinity degree in the UK (Edinburgh).
The Deputy Director of CSIS, Richard Downie, stated in his introduction to the talk on the theme of ‘Politics & Protest in Uganda’ that the country is generally seen in ‘glowing’ terms in DC. Bishop Zac certainly served as an efficient spokesperson for the campaign seeking to undermine that consensus, Continue reading