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6 days ago

Ahead of big refugee meet, we go back to old Buganda and Ankole

Tomorrow, the world gathers in Kampala for the Solidarity Summit on Refugees. The summit isn’t happening in Uganda by accident....

Section  Charles Onyango Obbo  By6 days ago

Wed Jun 14 01:00:00 EAT 2017

When boda boda made it into the Oxford Dictionary: The untold story

So recently the word “boda boda” created a lot of noise on social media, after it made it into the Oxford Advanced Learners’ Dictionary....

Section  Charles Onyango Obbo  ByWed Jun 14 01:00:00 EAT 2017

Wed May 31 01:00:00 EAT 2017

Those whom our land will not kill, it will make very strong

We all know that women in Africa, and generally all over the world, have been written out of history. Among the things that are unnerving - is the price that those who succeeded have had to pay,...

Section  Charles Onyango Obbo  ByWed May 31 01:00:00 EAT 2017


Wed May 24 01:00:00 EAT 2017

Yes, the gods love Uganda…and the evidence is in a forest somewhere

It can be difficult to be optimistic about Uganda these days. The stories of corruption, Medieval cruelty by the police, rampant crime, and skyrocketing prices have left many in a bad way...

Section  Charles Onyango Obbo  ByWed May 24 01:00:00 EAT 2017

Wed May 17 01:00:00 EAT 2017

Why do Ugandan regimes love to torture? It is complicated

So many people have been held in connection with the Kaweesi murder, it is likely to turn out to be the biggest conspiracy in Uganda, even bigger than any of the country’s past coups. ...

Section  Charles Onyango Obbo  ByWed May 17 01:00:00 EAT 2017

Wed May 10 01:00:00 EAT 2017

New French leader Macron’s wife 24 years older than him – why’s that the future

The fact that the difference in age between 70-year-old US president Donald Trump and his wife Melanie, who is 47, is nearly 24 years, didn’t raise eyebrows because, well, again, men get to marry...

Section  Charles Onyango Obbo  ByWed May 10 01:00:00 EAT 2017


Wed May 03 01:00:00 EAT 2017

It was Labour Day, but the workers are going, going, gone

Monday was Labour (May) Day, the occasion when they honour the hard working people and toiling masses of the world...

Section  Charles Onyango Obbo  ByWed May 03 01:00:00 EAT 2017

Wed Apr 26 01:00:00 EAT 2017

The inconvenient politics of the current Uganda crime wave

Every day Ugandans are posting on social media photographs of broken windows, doors, and ransacked homes in the wave of crime that has hit the country in recent times...

Section  Charles Onyango Obbo  ByWed Apr 26 01:00:00 EAT 2017

Wed Apr 19 01:00:00 EAT 2017

A ‘pair of buttocks’ and the big silent war over the Museveni years

The Nyanzi story took off at a specific point—when it gained salt of the Earth simplicity. If you read most headlines, they are saying she was arrested for calling President Yoweri Museveni a “pair...

Section  Charles Onyango Obbo  ByWed Apr 19 01:00:00 EAT 2017


Wed Apr 12 01:00:00 EAT 2017

120 years ago, what Apollo Kaggwa teaches us about Uganda today

Beside being a man of letter, Kaggwa, we are told, was also a “good rifleman”, in many ways a Museveni of that time, and he fought in the religious war....

Section  Charles Onyango Obbo  ByWed Apr 12 01:00:00 EAT 2017