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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  By1 day ago

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


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