Robie Kakonge: From exile to Uganda’s top diplomat in Washington DC
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Daily Monitor

Wary of former president Idi Amin’s henchmen, Robie Kakonge, daughter of UPC giant John Kakonge, fled with her mother to the US in 1977 where she spent most of her adulthood. Forty five years later, Kakonge will arrive in the US capital as Uganda’s ambassador amid a fallout between Kampala and Washington over allegations that the ruling NRM is violating human rights, Derrick Kiyonga writes. An hour into a conversation that has ranged from fleeing Uganda as a child in the 1970s to the challenges of adjusting to life in “chilly” America, coming face to face with rooted racism in American institu…

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