Dr Kawalya is a Lecturer at the Department of Linguistics, English Language Studies and Communication Skills, Makerere University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with Linguistics and African Languages, and a Master of Arts in Linguistics from Makerere University. He completed his PhD at Ghent University, Belgium. He has participated in various projects on Luganda and other Ugandan languages, in addition to a number of individual research undertakings on African Languages. He has, for over 12 years, been a translator, interpreter, editor and proofreader at the (former) Institute of Languages and (present) Centre for Language and Communication Services, Makerere University.