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Recent articles by Charles:

Kenya just redrew the Uganda map – in a most unlikely way

It is part of a micro economic bloc comprising 14 devolved counties around Lake Nalubaale and its neighourhood working together to improve their economic fortunes. It is called the Lake Region → Read More

Ethiopia: Why an Ethiopia-Egypt War Over River Nile Dam Might Be 'Good'

Opinion - Before the Covid-19 pandemic came upon us, Egypt was beating war drums loudly over Addis Ababa's plans to fill the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). → Read More

The first heroes of Uganda’s ‘Pandemic Hall of Honour’

We shall celebrate a few good men and women, dead and alive, who deserve places in a Ugandan Pandemic Heroes Hall of Honour, if one was ever built → Read More

OBBO: Urban-rural migration opens up countryside to Covid-19

It is a familiar scene in Africa in times of crises; many flee to the safety of countryside homes. → Read More

Those Kapchorwa and Kigezi hills, and their silent stories

Seems hard to believe, given some potbellied chaps from Kigezi who can’t even walk across a street, but they ruled middle distances like 800 metres → Read More

OBBO: ‘The Walking Dead,’ other ways to explain a post-Covid-19

There is agreement that the “world will not be the same”. → Read More

In this pandemic, good Uganda needs to die with its neighbours

The Museveni system is trying to hold back with a hammer a river that has burst its banks → Read More

The torment of Ugandan writers, and Yoweri Kaguta’s last chapter

The Covid-19 pandemic provided the crisis in which Museveni thrives, and he has covered himself in some glory, despite the brutality of Police and LDUs, which he criticised → Read More

OBBO: It’s time EAC scraps collection of tax at border points

Customs are easy pickings, and the dream of lazy tax collectors. → Read More

Kenya: As COVID-19 Wreaks Havoc, Lake Victoria Breathes a Sigh of Relief

Opinion - The coronavirus pandemic continues to hammer us all. In addition to the deaths, and infections, it will leave very many penniless and jobless. → Read More

OBBO: As Covid-19 wreaks havoc, Lake Victoria breathes a sigh of

With the lockdowns and curfews, the flow of the filth in the lake is down. → Read More

Why Bahiima and Karimojong are the original ‘social distancers’

In times past, the people doing ryemo gemo, wouldn’t have been trying to scare off the virus, but to warn the community of danger → Read More

Diseases, locusts and grey rhinos: Time to get our spears and

In adding pandemics to its docket, the Igad leaders are piling on a task that the organisation still has muscle memory for; and rebooting it to do the old early warning stuff again pandemic crystal → Read More

OBBO: When one couldn’t tell who was Tanzanian, Ugandan or

East Africa was a scandalously incestuous region—until it wasn’t. → Read More

For Africa’s ‘small people,’coronavirus has silver lining

Because the Covid-19 spread has arrived late in Africa, the continent effectively cut its waiting period for treatment or vaccine against it by about two months → Read More

OBBO: Covid-19 attack sounds the alarm for EA

East Africa is dotted with institutes doing research in human and animal diseases. → Read More

When epidemics visit, Uganda becomes a different country

In the country’s worst Ebola outbreak in 2000 in northern Uganda, even if the region was still at war, it was contained fairly quickly in the north, hardly crossing the Karuma → Read More

OBBO: What DRC did to beat Ebola can teach us about fighting

What can be learn in the face of new virus threats like coronavirus. → Read More

Coronavirus might bring us small, small democracy

Likewise, if easy Chinese money dries up for Africa, the economic crisis it could trigger could well be good for democracy → Read More

Uganda: Rising Violence Narrows Pool of Museveni's Likely Successor

Opinion - A few days ago, it emerged that Ugandan opposition parties are to meet Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to discuss a very important matter ahead of the 2021 general election. → Read More