First, Nalwanga, Kasoma and Pomeroy present the changing nature of weaver populations in the Kampala area over the past twenty years. After reading this article, most of us will look twice at the weavers nesting I the Royal Palms and Bark- cloth Figs around the city. Robert Kityo gives us quite a different look at a less obvious bird than the weavers. Kityo analyzed the regurgitated pellets of Barn Owls in eastern Uganda to reconstruct their diet. Until this population, no information has been published about Barn Owls’ diets in Uganda.
Archaeologist Peter Robertshaw brings us up to date on the status of the earthworks in Western Uganda. Robertshaw presents radiocarbon dates for Munsa and Kibego, which correspond to dates for Bigo bya Mugenyi, another well-known earthworks site in western Uganda. Robertshaw focuses his article on when the earth works were constructed and their possible function(s). His hypotheses are intriguing. Providing partial results as he unearths more answers, Robertshaw promises to identify the people behind the construction and occupation of these earthworks in the next issue of the Uganda Journal.
Scopas Poggo gives us detailed insight into the early history of the Anya-Nya rebels and the liberation struggle in Southern Sudan. Of particular interest to Uganda is the involvement, sometimes direct and at other times clandestine, of the Obote and Amin regimes with the Anya-Nya. Pogo ‘’opens our eyes” to other countries’ interests and politic behind the conflict. The article covers the history of the Sudanese war until 1972. Dr.Pogg will be visiting Kampala early next year and has promised to deliver a series of lectures on the situation in Sudan after 1972.
Sociologist, Peter Atekyereza introduces us to the realities and contradictions of bridge wealth in Uganda today. Perhaps of greater surprise to the editors is his revelation that bridge wealth enjoys much support in Uganda, particularly among women. He outlines the reasons and contractions for and against bride wealth among three ethnic groups, and shows how the traditional practice of giving bride wealth has changed over time.
Thomas Ofcansky’s Uganda Bibliography has become a regular feature of the journal since 1996. Ofcansky contines the tradition started by professor Brian W.Langlanda. Langland’s Uganda Bibliographies were a regular feature of the journals from the years 1963-1975. For the sake of continuity and respect for Proffessor Langlands, Mr.Ofcansky’s work follows the style of Langlands. These bibliographies are valuable to anyone interested or working in Uganda, and bring the entries to the attention of subscribers throughout the world.
D. Kiyaga- Mulindwa and Nanny Carder