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Author: Ian Paul Byamugisha

Ian Paul Byamugisha is a writer/author/novelist and car journalist. As a writer for Newslibre, he writes car reviews, cars news, tech news and anything that one might find interesting to read. Currently working on a spy novel collection titled "Arthur Vintage."
Mechanical Issue; is it time to sell?

Mechanical Issue; is it time to sell?

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No matter your reason for driving what you drive, there is this general trend of selling off cars when they get mechanical issues. These are usually issues that might cost a lot more than one is willing to spend on his car. It's for this reason that Kampala is full of ridiculously sweet deals on high performance cars. But when you ask the owner why they are selling, they'll tell you the car needs a new engine or some other replacement of a major part. When you ask your mechanic how much a "new" engine costs, he'll tell you about  5 million shillings. Let's do the math; You are selling me a 2004 Subaru Forester at 15 million, everything is intact except the engine. An engine that costs about 5 million shillings depending on how noble your mechanic is. With proper bargaining power,
REVIEWS BY IAN PAUL: 2002 Volkswagen Bora

REVIEWS BY IAN PAUL: 2002 Volkswagen Bora

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Sibling rivalry, unless turned malicious, has always been somewhat a good thing. The need to be better than your sibling has given us some of the most brilliant minds in the world. For example? Hmm… the Hemsworth brothers, the Gyllenhaal’s… bet you expected me to mention some billionaire siblings or inventors, but no! I don’t know any. Well, there are obviously some, but they are not in my direct line of interest. Like they say, “a little healthy competition has never hurt anyone.” Also Read: REVIEWS BY IAN PAUL: 2007 Toyota Mark X Personally, I don’t have that sort of rivalry with my sisters and brother. Given that my big sister chose a totally different career industry from mine, and we are both progressing at reasonable paces, there never has been need to compete. The little
MOVIE REVIEW: “JUSTICE LEAGUE” – A Beacon of Hope

MOVIE REVIEW: “JUSTICE LEAGUE” – A Beacon of Hope

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A long time ago, the internet was a very reliable source for almost anything. Once you typed a question into the Google search field, you were certain what you got back was an accurate response from the all-knowing gods of the World Wide Web. Then the internet became too accessible and just about any idiot with a good internet connection and a laptop could upload anything for the public’s consumption. Many of us however, fail to acknowledge that the era of internet credibility is long gone. The internet now is vast sea of fake news and meaningless opinions from fanatics and haters alike. Fake news and these nonsensical opinions play for both sides as some stand to majorly benefit and others to majorly lose. This is precisely how one can describe the internet’s relationship with Zac
Kampala, Taxify Vs. Uber: The Better Experience

Kampala, Taxify Vs. Uber: The Better Experience

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When you don’t own a car, getting around Kampala means you are either in a taxi or bodaboda. Lately, I find myself using more bodaboda because of the convenience and how quickly you get to your destination. I got an accident last week riding on one. Sprained my left arm but never vowed to not take them again. The same evening, I was on another one heading home after work. Taxi hailing services have been on the increase in the Ugandan market. First it was Uber, which came and became a life saver. Then other service providers replicated their business plan and developed their own Apps to compete in that space. We have Taxify now. “The Uber killer,” they have called it. Is that so? My Taxify Experience I am a regular Uber user and a part from a few arrogant drivers, my overal
REVIEWS BY IAN PAUL: 2007 Toyota Mark X

REVIEWS BY IAN PAUL: 2007 Toyota Mark X

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From the passenger's seat: Everything that could go wrong last week, went wrong. My newly found love for bodaboda nearly cost me an arm. A woman in a white 2004 Toyota Spacio decided on top of her bonnet is where I belonged. She must have seen the E Class on the opposite lane and thought, "emblem on the hood? I think I need one too." The only way she could beat that Mercedes was to have something bigger. Something unique, something dramatic, and something that would definitely attract attention. She looked around, and picked me. Also Read: Why it Rains & Kampala Jams Thus she rammed into the bodaboda I was on, sending me flying onto her bonnet. And just like that, she'd won. The Mercedes was left looking like that friend that still uses an iPhone 4. A human hood emblem? Be
Why it Rains & Kampala Jams

Why it Rains & Kampala Jams

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Almost on cue, when it rains Kampala roads become a parking lot. And this is everywhere. Every route. It gets worse when it comes to ‘panyas.’ We tend to follow drivers that seem like they know the best routes to dodge traffic jam and we all get stuck in those routes. It used to beat my understanding. It didn't make sense why the roads were so jammed every time it rained. Then, I realized something; Also Read: REVIEWS BY IAN PAUL: 2004 Subaru Forester X (normally aspirated / Non-turbo) When it rains, despite what time it is, everyone 'goes home early' that day. Even if it rained early in the morning. The assumption is, "I better leave early before this rain traps me in town." Or "I better leave early before traffic jam traps me in town." WRONG! That's what everybody else is also
Zari Closes Deal With Mercedes Benz – AMG

Zari Closes Deal With Mercedes Benz – AMG

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Zari Hassan, a 'momprenuer' - business woman and a mother of five. And one with an eye for extremely luxurious expensive exotic cars. Chrysler, Jaguar, Mercedes, Audi Q7, BMW, Range Rover; these are some of the toys she’s fond of. She and her late ex-husband Ivan Ssemwanga stunned Kampala streets when they brought a Yellow Lamborghini, and it was just a drop in their fancy cars ocean. The butterfly doors brought the Hip Hop music video fantasies to life for most of us. Seeing this 'beast' off the TV screen was exciting. Zari drives the latest in cars, whether at home in Kampala or elsewhere on the continent i.e. South Africa and Tanzania. Her taste in cars is probably the one thing that makes her the outstanding icon she is on social media. Others can compete, but her car game will
REVIEWS BY IAN PAUL: 2004 Subaru Forester X (normally aspirated / Non-turbo)

REVIEWS BY IAN PAUL: 2004 Subaru Forester X (normally aspirated / Non-turbo)

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For the longest time, society has associated certain things to a certain type of people, to certain behaviors, and some are just plain stereotypical. For instance; if your father is from Western Uganda, and he drives a Land Cruiser of models 2012 and above, I have news for you. Your father is a thief. A corrupt, greedy government man who should be, but won't be in jail. Even if he owns a successful private business; that's the common assumption. If your mother drives it, that's even worse. She knowingly married a thief. Being Western and wealthy is hardly seen as hard work. It's obviously swindled or bribes money. Why? “You Westerners” are the “ones” in government. Thanks to nepotism and discrimination. Sadly, this is utter hogwash. It’s what some disgruntled citizens say to justify wh
The Arrogance of Ugandan VIP and Police Escort Drivers

The Arrogance of Ugandan VIP and Police Escort Drivers

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The gods of Buganda, where Kampala sits must be pissed off. I could make a list of reasons why they ought to be pissed, it isn't hard to compile. Most of them would be political of course, and they would probably get me into a lot of trouble. Since we are already spiraling out of control and with Dooms Day (Tojjikwatako) upon us, I might as well. But not today. Today am ranting about something else. Some bad days take an interesting twist when you enter a clean UBB taxi, get a nice middle row seat, and your neighbor is a pretty girl who keeps tapping away on her 6 inch Tecno. It gets even better when she gets a phone call and she sounds as good as she looks. Also Read: The Boda Boda Ride to Hell In that moment, the headphones weighing heavy on your head break in Machel Montano'...
REVIEWS BY IAN PAUL: 2008 Mercedes Benz B170 (Sports Package)

REVIEWS BY IAN PAUL: 2008 Mercedes Benz B170 (Sports Package)

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Well, it finally happened. Do you remember the time in high school when you had an enormous crush on someone, but for some reason, you couldn’t date them? Me neither. Okay! Fine; except this one girl. Suppose you want Flavia Tumusiime, but you end up with Faridah Nakazibwe, it’s still a pretty sweet happy ending, right? In fact, it could be an even better ending. They are different, but they both represent the crowning quality of women this country has to offer. You wouldn’t have a split second of regret for not ending up with the other. And that’s the thing about enjoying a privilege from a class that sets out to give nothing but the very best. At whatever level of consumption, you are part of a special elite group. The satisfaction that comes from being in the moment of that co