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Charles Onyango-Obbo

Kampala, Uganda

Charles "Mase" Onyango-Obbo a Ugandan author, journalist, former editor of The Monitor and political commentator of issues in East Africa and the African Great Lakes region. He writes a column, Ear To The Ground in The Monitor, and a second column in the regional weekly, The EastAfrican. He is currently managing editor in charge of media convergence at the Nation Media Group in Kenya. Born in the town of Mbale in eastern Uganda, Onyango-Obbo studied at Makerere University in Kampala, and the American University in Cairo where he obtained a Masters degree in journalism. In 1991, he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. On May 1999, during the Second Congo War, Onyango-Obbo and other editors of The Monitor – Wafula Ogutu and David Ouma Balikowa – were arrested and charged with "sedition" and "publication of false news"´, following the publication of a photograph of a naked woman being sexually abused by men in military uniform. Ugandan officials insisted that the assailants might be soldiers from Congo or Zimbabwe (who where also involved in the Congo war), and could not possibly be Ugandan soldiers as the photo caption claimed. Onyango-Obbo and the other editors were acquitted on March 6, 2001. Close.

Charles Onyango-Obbo

Kampala, Uganda

Charles "Mase" Onyango-Obbo a Ugandan author, journalist, former editor of The Monitor and political commentator of issues in East Africa and the African Great Lakes region. He writes a column, Ear To The Ground in The Monitor, and a second column in the regional weekly, The EastAfrican. more »

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September 29, 2008 3:56 PM

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June 27, 2008 11:21 AM

To Save Zimbabwe, Do Nothing

The Current Discussion:Zimbabwe's chaos has brought about unprecedented cooperation in the UN, with even China and Russia switching sides to condemn Mugabe's government. So -- what should this united UN DO to force change?

What is happening in Zimbabwe is by no means the worst that has ever befallen this continent. Other, similarly insane government policies in other African countries have starved more people, and political opponents have been treated far more brutally. (Of course, the inflation rate of nearly 200,000% is in a class of its own.)

But it is easily Africa’s greatest moment of shame.

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March 9, 2007 3:15 PM

Don't Get Too Excited About Circumcision

A recent article in Lancet published the results of a study data from two clinical trials in Africa that suggest that circumcision reduces a man’s risk of contracting HIV by as much as 65 percent. Going by the articles in Uganda and Kenyan newspapers, this caused quite some excitement.

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March 7, 2007 12:58 PM

"Those People": The East African Scapegoats

In nearly every Kenyan, Tanzanian or Ugandan district you go to, you will find a small, relatively prosperous group of people who are resented by the rest. They will usually be called “those people”. They will be accused of being aloof and untrustworthy. When a child goes missing in the neighborhood, the local fortuneteller will claim she was abducted by “those people” who offered her up for sacrificial slaughter to the gods so they might become rich.

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February 28, 2007 1:03 PM

Ebony and Plump Are In

Yes, the common view is that girls in East Africa are overly sexualized. Yes, too many magazines and television adverts depict light-skinned and slim women.

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