Category: Taxi Tales

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Taxi Tales: Traffic Jams

By David Tumusiime, Uganda: I love traffic jams. I love every one of the traffic jams on Kampala's many roads. I used to hate them. But now I love them. They are useful to me. They are no longer a waste of time when I'm on them. I'll probably never go for another Uganda Cranes match at Namboole stadium after […]

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Taxi Tales: Licence to Speak

David Tumusiime We were on the highway to Masaka. Full tilt. Late for an accident. But the taxi was dead silent. Though looking around nervously, I noticed only my neighbour was dozing, drooling down the side of his mouth like a Sipi flow. Like the other passengers, I tried not to look too much to the road though I wanted […]

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Taxi Tales: Rich Ugandans in Taxis

By David Tumusiime, Uganda: The richest Ugandans use taxis. I know. I sit next to them everyday. At least I hope they are rich. Otherwise why would a man, knowing full well he is in a taxi with 15 pairs of alert ears, bellow down a phone, “Yes, yes, it's urgent! Just send me that ka-one million by mobile money. […]

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Taxi Tales: Women and their Terrible Hair

By David Tumusiime, Uganda: I dread travelling with women who wear hair pieces. Hair that is not their own hair! Wigs! Weaves! Beyonce and Rihanna styles! I haven't heard of the Maria Kiwanuka style. But it should be there, if Straka Mwezi can command her own style too. I dread them all, nonetheless. If I could, I would not consent […]

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Taxi Tales: Paranoia

By David Tumusiime, Uganda: Robbers are about these days. More than in the past, even. Call it the increasing unemployment of many youth rendered jobless by Jennifer Musisi's KCCA edicts that saw the vendors off the streets. Then more of them banned from operating within the taxi parks. Robbery is more rampant now and not even the taxis have survived […]

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Taxi Tales: In an Oven

By David Tumusiime, Uganda: I finally bought my first pair of shoes in three years. What? These things happen in Africa. In Africa we wear our shoes so long, Ali Baba would not recognise his slippers if he saw them on our feet. In fact, we wear our shoes so long, instead of the designer’s name you're more likely to […]

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Taxi Tales: Graceless Taxi Exits

By David Tumusiime, Uganda: There's no way to exit a taxi with grace. At least I've never yet seen anyone do it. Patience won't help. I've seen passengers; with all the dignity of ambassadors, inform the conductor that they wish to get out at the next stage. Two stages past the stop they wished to alight from: they get out […]

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