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    Posted 14/11/2014

    Political comedy to determine the fate of Zimbabwe

    Mugabe could carry out a 'bedroom coup' and install his wife Grace as president...

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    Posted 6/11/2014

    Why didn't Blaise Compaoré end up like Muammar Gaddafi?

    Dictators have become beneficiaries of the democracy they despise...

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  • Presidents stay in power to stay out of the traffic

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Sunday, November 2  2014 at  17:17

    New set of expectations driving continent’s army of young people into action Full Story

    TAGS: Charles Onyango-Obbo, blog, Mail&Guardian, Compaore

  • A regional force: Are soldiers making a political federation?

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Thursday, September 11  2014 at  11:14

    How the military is getting more autonomy and ability to purse pan-regionalism Full Story

    TAGS: East Africa Standby Force, Kenya, security

  • High time women became Catholic priests

    By TUMUSIIME K. DEO | Wednesday, September 3  2014 at  12:23

    We ought to correct all the historical inconsistencies that have no scientific explanation or logical social backing Full Story

    TAGS: Women, Catholic, Church, Tumusiime K. Deo, Pope Francis, Uganda

  • Praise-singing for Moi in the media smacks of hypocrisy

    By OTIENO OTIENO | Sunday, September 7  2014 at  13:13

    Every adult Kenyan of sound mind knows it is too late to launder the former president's 24-year reign Full Story

    TAGS: Kenya, Moi, birthday, Uhuru Kenyatta, William Ruto, Wangari Maathai

  • An unexpected political lesson about Africa from a quiet corner of Nairobi

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Thursday, September 4  2014 at  10:52

    Here, you can't be sure your country won't explode tomorrow Full Story

    TAGS: Onyango obbo, blog, Africa, insecurity, instability

  • Why beauty contests won’t make Ugandan army look good

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Monday, August 25  2014 at  10:31

    A funny but complicated story Full Story

    TAGS: Onyango obbo, Uganda, army, Museveni, beauty contests

  • Feeling like an idiot in Lagos: The Ebola blues

    By CHARLES OYANGO-OBBO | Sunday, August 17  2014 at  16:21

    What fear of death can do to the best of us Full Story

    TAGS: Onyango obbo, blog, Ebola, Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan

  • Shame on those hunting and killing albinos; they are not wild animals

    By JANET OTIENO-PROSPER | Wednesday, August 20  2014 at  15:25

    The Tanzanian syndicates involved in this evil must be totally destroyed Full Story

    TAGS: Albinos, Tanzania, poaching, body parts, witchdoctors

  • Love the hair, girlfriend, but how many workers’ salaries did it cost?

    By ELSIE EYAKUZE | Sunday, August 10  2014 at  17:19

    Cameroon First Lady's orange pompadour has set the world talking Full Story

    TAGS: Chantal Biya, First Lady, Francophone, style, coiffure

  • Here's why Africa needs to sing about climate change adaptation

    By JANET OTIENO-PROSPER | Wednesday, August 13  2014 at  14:45

    The health of our ecosystems as well as our agriculture depends on it Full Story

    TAGS: Africa, climate change, environment, Unep

  • Why Ebola has avoided some places, plus other stories....

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Thursday, August 7  2014 at  13:12

    Strange viruses are likely to emerge from forests the faster we cut them Full Story

    TAGS: Ebola, mountain gorillas, forests, bush meat, experimental drug

  • EA infrastructure race: Trio opening up big lead

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Sunday, August 3  2014 at  18:48

    Though sometimes messy, Kenya is absolutely inescapable Full Story

    TAGS: Obbo blog, Infrastructure, Kenya, East Africa

  • The suffering people of South Sudan have been abandoned

    By TONGUN LO LOYUONG | Friday, August 1  2014 at  17:46

    The international community has not done enough to save the situation Full Story

    TAGS: South Sudan, famine, donors, conflict

  • Hate speech’s terrible, but even then let the people speak out

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Thursday, July 31  2014 at  11:26

    Depressing conversations that African communities must have now Full Story

    TAGS: Onyango obbo, hate speech, freedom of speech, censorship

  • Okwiri wins Caine Prize: We don’t read – is there a good reason for it?

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Thursday, July 17  2014 at  11:51

    Ours might just be grand strategic ignorance Full Story

    TAGS: Charles Onyango-Obbo, Okwiri Oduor, Caine Prize, Binyavanga Wainaina, Harry Potter, Kenya

  • Conservation lessons from Rwanda

    By JANET OTIENO-PROSPER | Wednesday, July 9  2014 at  18:58

    Neglect the environment and your economic future is doomed Full Story

    TAGS: Rwanda, conservation, genocide, Kagame, Virunga, gorilla

  • Revenue-sharing in the mist: Gorillas and SCT

    By CHARLES ONYANGO OBBO | Monday, July 7  2014 at  14:24

    They fight and quarrel about everything else but easily agree on the primates Full Story

    TAGS: Rwanda, Mountain Gorilla, Kwita Izina, naming ceremony, Charles Onyango Obbo

  • Murdering football fans is no longer an own goal?

    By | Sunday, June 22  2014 at  14:44

    The World Cup season is changing African politics Full Story

    TAGS: World Cup, Charles Onyango-Obbo, Nigeria, Mpeketoni, boko, Haram, Real Madrid

  • The rich should have more children

    By GRACE OPIRO | Tuesday, June 17  2014 at  10:46

    The wealthy have what it takes to bring forth a quality population Full Story

    TAGS: Uganda, population, children, campaigns

  • What a political week in Kenya!

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Wednesday, June 4  2014 at  20:48

    As usual, no one was better off for it Full Story

    TAGS: Kenya, Charles Onyango-Obbo, Raila Odinga, Uhuru Kenyatta, malaria, politics

  • In Africa, money is bringing health, happiness and (delayed) sex

    By NATALIE WINDER ROSSI | Monday, June 2  2014 at  12:34

    When dividends of growing economies finally show up Full Story

    TAGS: Unicef, cash transfer, quality of life, early pregnancies

  • Do Africans need elections, democracy or just some stability?

    By MWENDA wa MICHENI | Friday, May 30  2014 at  09:21

    The Chinese and even Japanese conduct it their way and it is okay Full Story

    TAGS: Elections, Malawi, South Africa, Guinea Bissau, Egypt, Joyce Banda

  • The African tourist has money but is a strange creature

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Thursday, May 22  2014 at  10:22

    Visitors from within the continent have different tastes from those of their counterparts from the West Full Story

    TAGS: Kenya, Uhuru, tourists, China, travel advisories, terrorist attacks

  • Zuma’s dancing prowess intact as credibility wears thin

    By CHARLES OMONDI in Johannesburg | Wednesday, May 7  2014 at  14:14

    A matter of playing to public gallery and political adeptness Full Story

    TAGS: South Africa, Jacob, ANC, Julius Malema

  • I hate to say this: Only the UN, AU can save South Sudan

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Wednesday, May 7  2014 at  14:46

    Only a neutral authority has a chance of saving and restoring the country Full Story

    TAGS: Charles Onyango Obbo, South Sudan, Kiir, rebels, Kerry

  • No longer at ease: War, terror stalking region

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Monday, April 28  2014 at  12:55

    Complications in East Africa's security situation today Full Story

    TAGS: Charles Onyango Obbo, blog, Eastern Africa Standby Force, terrorism, Al Shabaab

  • The African cake is growing but don't tell that to the poor

    By MWENDA wa MICHENI | Wednesday, April 23  2014 at  16:35

    A case of how not to invest in a people's economy Full Story

    TAGS: Economy, South Africa, Jacob Zuma, Hellen Zille, resources, Mwenda wa Micheni

  • Things fall apart, Africa’s thieves lack all ambition

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Monday, April 21  2014 at  11:54

    Why Nigeria deserves to be Africa's leader Full Story

    TAGS: Uganda, Fake, HIV certificates, Ambition, Hackers, Nigerian criminals

  • Why the rich nations are stealing African doctors

    By JANET OTIENO-PROSPER | Wednesday, April 16  2014 at  11:37

    The medics are qualified, but conditions force them to be footloose Full Story

    TAGS: Doctors, Kenya, Janet Otieno, Satrine Osinya, operation, Kenya

  • Here’s how to defeat those who’ll kill innocent Kenyans

    By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO | Thursday, April 17  2014 at  11:17

    Museveni faced the same challenge Uhuru is confronted with today Full Story

    TAGS: Onyango obbo, blog, Kenya, terrorism, Somali, Mukura Massacre

  • Dlamini-Zuma could make Africa the best place for women

    By JANET OTIENO-PROSPER | Thursday, April 10  2014 at  10:55

    AU boss needs to push countries to close gender gap Full Story

    TAGS: Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma, AU, Africa Union, Women, Janet Otieno Prosper