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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
The Demon That’s Possessing Kampala Traffic Jam

The Demon That’s Possessing Kampala Traffic Jam

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On Monday, a workmate and i walked all the way from Mapeera House to Centenary Park, or what's left of it, before we could get a bodaboda to take us home. This might come off as a fitness thing, but it isn't. He goes to gym, i don't even bother because i'm sparingly small. And, i am the type to drive from the main house to the latrine if i stayed in that sort of homestead. Basically, i am lazy and any chance to drive, let's do this. We walked because the traffic jam was terrible. The worst i have ever witnessed. Both bodabodas and cars were equally stranded and walking was the only logical option. The jam was almost worse than the traffic jam on 3rd June, Uganda Martyrs day. Martyrs day traffic jam remains a record holding annual sort of traffic jam.   Also Read: The Toyot...
The Toyota Altezza Vs Subaru

The Toyota Altezza Vs Subaru

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Toyota Altezzas have become common and popular around Uganda especially because of their awesome look, design and speed. Subarus on the other hand have been around for as long as can be remembered and have of infamy for their noise and speed. The hottest debate on most lips now is which is the fastest? With Altezza loyalists pitting for the Altezza and similarly the Subaru fans for the Subaru. Read on, you might discover the answer to this long battle. To understand the verdict, we have to understand both car variants. The Toyota Altezzas were first made in 1998 as sports and luxury cars and stopped being made in 2005 as they were shifted over formally to the Lexus IS line. The Altezza sedans and the station wagon “Gitta”, are in 3 models based on the engine, the AS200 (2.0L), RS200 (2.
Driven? It’s the Back Seat then

Driven? It’s the Back Seat then

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The thing I'll miss the most when I buy my Mercedes is being chauffeured. Of course am sounding fancy here, but the type of chauffeur am really referring to is the taxi driver. And his sharply chesty accountant, the conductor. I detest taxis just as much as the person seated next to me (writing this in a taxi). They are so cramped there is barely any leg room. The only passengers that seem to be seated comfortably are the bedbugs and the cockroaches we eventually pick up and carry to our houses. My ex-girlfriend and I one time had to literally strip at doorway to the house because we suspected, we'd adopted some bedbugs from the taxi we rode home. It was a frustrating experience. For the next couple of days, I was excessively paranoid whenever I felt something crawl up my body. Al
First Car: Performance or Point A to Point B?

First Car: Performance or Point A to Point B?

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It’s about time I got my first official set of wheels. I’m throwing around ideas of what would be a viable reasonable choice for ‘my first’ car. Thus I’m talking about it a lot with my friends and as much as I pretend to be seeking their opinions, my mind is pretty much made up already. Am just looking for more people I can convince to agree with me as I justify my choice. Also Read: What China Banning Petrol & Diesel Cars Means For Uganda There are two types of first car buyers; those that buy something to get them from point A to B (that's the majority) and those that go for a great first car i.e. performance. Point A to Point B; the sort of people that buy their first cars for this reason are the sort of people that will eat fries without tomato sauce. They will not stress
What China Banning Petrol & Diesel Cars Means For Uganda

What China Banning Petrol & Diesel Cars Means For Uganda

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China has decided that Petrol and Diesel cars should no longer be manufactured or sold in their country. A decision that has caused Global amazement as China is the largest automobile manufacturer in the world. This ban is in favor of electric and hybrid cars. Also read: Mercedes AMG Project One Hyper Car Unveiled China is the second largest oil consumer after the United States. And China alone, as of last year catered for almost a third of the global total number of manufactured cars with a production number of over 28 million cars. The move to ban petrol and diesel cars is slated to be effected by 2030 as the Chinese government is currently debating timelines and guidelines to phase out petrol and diesel. This is in a move to control pollution by reducing carbon emission to
Mercedes AMG Project One Hyper Car Unveiled

Mercedes AMG Project One Hyper Car Unveiled

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Built by Mercedes’ unrivaled Formula one team, the Mercedes AMG Project one is as sophisticated and as staggeringly impressive as one should / would expect. Every detail from design to performance has been tweaked and specially designed to represent a future we are yet to witness. Interesting fact; last year, millionaires and billionaires around the world deposited over $500,000 as confirmation for placing orders for the Project one even before seeing pictures of what it would look like. And, Mercedes is building 275 cars to celebrate 50 years of its high performance arm AMG of which all have already sold out. At $2.7 Million, the first owners will get their hands on the Project one in late 2019. Unveiled last night for the very first time at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor show, the Proje
The Perfect Type of Car for Kampala

The Perfect Type of Car for Kampala

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With all these car bonds strategically located along major roads going into the city, a choice of what car to buy could not be any harder. As you cruise by, windows half way down and Capital FM on the radio in your 1999 Toyota Premio, a bond will have a 2004 model on display at a price that’s not too far from what you bought yours last week. Of course the numerous bonds also mean that one has various options to choose from, and various salesmen to disappoint as you hop from one bond to another until you find a deal within the budget. Finding a deal within the budget is one thing, finding the right car for that deal is the another. Driving in Kampala is a very frustrating exercise. You have to look out for reckless bodaboda cyclists, taxi drivers that just want to kill you with th
Cars, It’s Got to Be German

Cars, It’s Got to Be German

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Germany, the words “World War” spring to mind when someone mentions Germany. Even Hitler, Adolf Hitler and how ‘beastly’ he was. If you are that sort of person, then Kumbaya my friend, today is history class for you. In the same beastly nature, Germany is home to Mercedes Benz (1926 – present), Volkswagen (1937 – present), BMW (1916 – Present), and Audi (1909-present). The list is endless but let’s go with the leaders of the class. The top 4 luxurious car brands that come from Germany. Also its home to Disney land for petrol heads, The Nürburgring. Also read: Review: 2004 Toyota Mark II Grande And well, since it's history class, i should also mention that Adolf Hitler travelled in a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 770 Series II - W150 First of all, presently Germany is home to 2 of t