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Recent articles by Charles:

Who’ll become East Africa’s first leader–Museveni or Kagame?

The year is important, because from 2022 there will be a series of developments that could surprise us all and create conditions for a confederation → Read More

Why I cheer loud when Kenya and Uganda fight over trade

We are now in competition. It is not like in the old days when we were importing everything from Kenya → Read More

To walk to or away from Luweero, that’s the question for

Almost none of these people from that period are walking by Museveni. Many have died. Some have fallen out with him → Read More

Here’s 2020 – and its fools and wise men and women

Africanews reported Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame, repeating that he wouldn’t run in 2024 when his current third seven-year term expires → Read More

OBBO: Give it up for the border people, Maasai markets

If only East African roads could speak, they would tell us some eye-popping things about our future. → Read More

Museveni loves Trump. So why doesn’t Trump love him back?

The US sanctions therefore have to be seen as a shot across Museveni’s bow. In the end, they have little to do with Kayihura → Read More

When cow dung is a big deal, and banana peels are golden

Being a green project, it had to be a 100 per cent organic undertaking, otherwise it would defeat the purpose. At the start, there simply wasn’t enough cow dung and chicken droppings around the → Read More

Ghetto Kids’ Sitya Loss video, and related African stories

How things changed. A good chap from Tororo, who lives and works mostly in “abroad countries,” some years back playfully started a Facebook page in which he posted photos of African fashion. → Read More

Rethinking Uganda from down Botswana

I realised that travel outside East Africa had made me forget that there are still places left out there where I can present my Ugandan passport and I wouldn’t have to pay visa fees or endure irritating beady-eyed immigration officers. → Read More

Uganda: Luanda Deal - Power Shifts in the Great Lakes

On Wednesday, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and his Rwanda counterpart President Paul Kagame, signed an agreement in Angola, to end months of diplomatic and trade tensions between the two erstwhile allies. → Read More

When did we stop fearing God? My father’s house now a den of

Many years ago, this was unthinkable. No one dared steal from God’s house, because then fire and brimstone would descend upon you from the heavens. But the times have changed → Read More

When hippos roamed Jinja and owned its golf course

My long search to understand the history I was mis-taught; the one I was never taught; or the one not written anywhere continues. → Read More

This is where Uganda’s riches are locked: Here are the keys

Even with the food we produce, some farmers lose up to 60 per cent in post-harvest mishandling and lack of storage → Read More

Ethiopia: Abiy's Walking a Tightrope, Let's Pray He Doesn't Fall Off

Column - Something peculiar - and profoundly significant in the broad sweep of African politics - is happening in Ethiopia. → Read More

After the ‘Besigye Hammer’ and ‘Bobi Wine Whackdown’, it is Chameleone’s turn

These dissident and insurrection elements remain in the DNA of the FDC, and Bobi Wine’s “People Power” was birthed into that political river → Read More

God rested on the 7th day. On the 8th, He created The Uganda Cranes

This is a country of very new things and young people. It is just that they have not yet inherited it → Read More

Street gangs and vigilantes: Uganda gets very modern

Street gangs, able to mobilise from four Divisions, and number 100, with machetes and iron bars, to attack a politically-affiliated militia, is unusual and a new development → Read More

If M7 could sheath his sword, he could be wrapped in glory

Beside the endless stories of corruption, it is hard to read Ugandan news for three days without encountering some Opposition figure or regime critic being arrested, beaten, or chased off some → Read More

The rise of Gulu, and strange fruits of conflict in Uganda (Part II)

That meant that local northern talent (school teachers, small traders, jua kali artisans, catechists, and small progressive farmers) didn’t have the “easier” and safer option of fleeing to refugeedom → Read More

The rise of Gulu, and strange fruits of conflict in Uganda

Uganda was the first African country after 1988 to pull off a post-war reconstruction, in tandem with free market reforms and economic liberalisation → Read More