Rev Prof. Manuel Muranga John Kamugisha


PhD in German literature; studies in French and English language literature, with special reference to African authors; research in several language and literature related areas including translation, onomastics, paroemiology, folktales. Mother tongue (Rukiga/Runyankore, inter alia) literature development and teaching and development of the languages.


  • B.A., Dip. Ed. (Makerere University);
  • Deutschlehrerdiplom (Goethe Institute, Munich, Germany)
  • Grosses Deutsches Sprachdiplom (Goethe Institute, Munich, Germany, and Julius Maximillians University, Munich, Germany)
  • Dr. phil. (University of Bayreuth, Germany)

Research Interests

  • Faux amis (linguistic “false friends”) across Runyakitara and the neighbouring languages.
  • Translation from and into English, French, German, and Runyankore/Rukiga
  • Onomastics (study of names and naming)
  • Lexicology and lexicography (study and creation of vocabularies and dictionaries)
  • Development of mother tongue literature in all genres (poetry, prose and pedagogy, including via drama)
  • Hymnology (study and creation of hymns, especially Christian)
  • Paroemiology (study of proverbs)


Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Manuel Muranga, Alice Muhoozi, Gilbert Gumoshabe . (2012) . Katondoozi ya Runyankore/Rukiga. A Thesaurus of Runyankore/Rukiga. Fountain Publishers. . Kampala: Fountain Publishers, Kampala, p. 420
Manuel Muranga . (1997) . Sprichwoerter aus Uganda im europaeischen Vergleich. Peter Lang Verlag, 1987 . Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Peter Lang Verlag, p. 278
Manuel Muranga . (1987) . Grossstadtelend in der deutschen Lyrik zwischen Arno Holz und Johannes R. Becher. Peter Lang Verlag, 1987 . Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Peter Lang Verlag, p. 389


Dr. Johnson Ocan, Dr. Businge Phelix Mbabazi and Prof. M.J. K Muranga August, 2022 → September, 2023
Bernhard Atuhaire (PI), Manuel Muranga (CoPI), Peter Kanyandago, Misah Natumanya June, 2022


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  • Public Lecture on 6/2/2019 on the topic “Language as an aspect of cultural heritage”.

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