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Taxi Tales: The Conductor’s Class

By David Tumusiime, Uganda: I was in the taxi with the driver, the conductor and another passenger. I was very uncomfortable. One minute the taxi had been full and the next, when I looked up from my Kindle reader, we were only three left. The passenger was especially chatty with the conductor and the driver, and I listened to learn […]

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Taxi Tales: Not on Speaking Terms

By David Tumusiime, Uganda: At first I thought they were not together. As the taxi slowed down to pick them, they were standing so far apart they might as well have been on different continents. Even when the taxi had stopped, the man had yanked the front door, hopped in and slammed it behind him before the woman got in. […]

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Taxi Tales: Trickery

By David Tumusiime, Uganda: Every day I use a taxi, I find I have one less reason to despise conductors and drivers. Life is hard in Uganda, Kampala especially, and if you are not “steady,” you soon find yourself rolling in the Nakivuubo Mews sewers. Trust me on this, “ekyebeeyi” that emerges from the sewers does not smell quite as […]

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Taxi Tales: No Pioneer Buses

By David Tumusiime, Uganda: I loved taxis before Pioneer buses came onto our roads. With all their faults, their overcharging us, their intermittent stops, I still loved taxis. I think taxis are the best crash lessons you can give anyone to understand Uganda. Anything that happens in Uganda happens in taxis. But I love taxis now more than ever, since […]

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Taxi Tales: Old School Taxis

By David Tumusiime, Uganda: When I was much younger and started travelling in taxis (kamunyes'), I used to sit on the 'kameme' with the conductor. Remember that? It used to be that children under 10 years old had no business taking up space on the 'adult' seats. Neither did the conductor. Even then it was illegal to sit on the […]

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Taxi Tales: Travelling Sick

By David Tumusiime, Uganda: I had the sort of headache where I was sure there was a Nkoba za Mbogo drummer somewhere in my head furiously drumming away, as the Kabaka approached his row. The headache was so bad that I stumbled through the daylight with slit eyes. I was ill. I did not know how I would make it home […]

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Taxi Tales: A surprising change

By David Tumusiime, Uganda: He had said he was leaving her, again. That much of their story we could tell in the taxi: From her conversation, she had been pleading since she got onto the taxi. She had looked for an empty seat, her preferred seat next to the window, second last row from the back, got out her phone […]

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