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I smell future sports glory for Uganda in the air

You could say the country is on a mini roll. Part of it is that the Sebei area, from where most of our winning stars come from, is in the same Rift Valley belt that stretches to the eastern part of...

Section  Charles Onyango Obbo  By1 day ago

Wed Aug 09 01:00:00 EAT 2017

Why death of UPDF troops in Somalia is very upsetting

Close friends at university like retired Maj Gen and FDC president Mugisha Muntu and others “disappeared” and those of us who didn’t know, wondered what had happened to them...

Section  Charles Onyango Obbo  ByWed Aug 09 01:00:00 EAT 2017

Wed Aug 02 01:00:00 EAT 2017

Kenya election could go bad, but it’s still a good story for African politics

he country erupted in its worst political violence. In 2013, Kibaki stepped down, and though there was probably more tension than in 2007, the vote went off peacefully....

Section  Charles Onyango Obbo  ByWed Aug 02 01:00:00 EAT 2017


Wed Jul 26 11:00:00 EAT 2017

25 years ago, The Monitor was born. Drama was unfolding in Uganda

The Monitor story, however, makes more sense in the bigger political, economic, and geopolitical backdrop of 1992...

Section  Charles Onyango Obbo  ByWed Jul 26 11:00:00 EAT 2017

Wed Jul 19 01:00:00 EAT 2017

President Museveni vs ‘president’ Bobi Wine: Why both got it wrong

After all the excitement of Bobi Wine’s sensational victory in the Kyadondo East parliamentary race, and all the comments about how it represented an anti-establishment youthful revolution,...

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

Wed Jul 05 01:00:00 EAT 2017

Bobi Wine and his sensational victory: What did Museveni lose?

Running as an Independent, Bobi Wine, the president of the ‘Ghetto Republic’, beat the ruling NRM juggernaut, and the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), which tends to be the political powerhouse...

Section  Charles Onyango Obbo  ByWed Jul 05 01:00:00 EAT 2017


Wed Jun 28 01:00:00 EAT 2017

Coffee and bananas: The end of Buganda, rise of Kampala City State

Since the column last week “Ahead of big refugee meet, we go back to old Buganda and Ankole”, I have been inundated by questions about Uganda’s past – and future....

Section  Charles Onyango Obbo  ByWed Jun 28 01:00:00 EAT 2017

Wed Jun 21 01:00:00 EAT 2017

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  ByWed Jun 21 01:00:00 EAT 2017

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