A thousand and forty years he worked on radio-which was where I first got introduced to him with the radio waves paying intermediary.
He was a bad ass, bold, authoritative, and vocal. He was equally perhaps the most informed person I was yet to know, whenever he spoke his points automatically disqualified the arguments being made by those who had alternative facts.
His program aired in the morning between 6:00-9:00 am in which time I enjoyed every single point he raised, his bouts of energy were legendary, the emotion with which he spoke against corruption made a listener boil in anger like he sounded to be doing.
This was a man speaking about issues of public interest, a fellow Ugandan, citizen and country man, you didn’t have to be an Iteso to comprehend his point, he just had a way of tackling issues of national interest that made me feel honored to just listen to him.
In our neighborhood my neighbors and I always tuned into 93.3 Kfm every evening just to listen to him diagnose what issues affected our country and to that tune we were never crestfallen, the man didn’t just speak, he spoke with facts, figures and evidence whether it was about corruption, lack of rule of law or even poor service delivery, he didn’t utter a single allegation without corroborative fact: he seemed to have sources even in the statehouse.
I didn’t even know what Investigative journalism meant but every time I heard the term, his first name seemed to align itself before the term itself. Obore defined investigative journalism for me and I idolized in his hard work, together with Charles Mpagi Mwanguhya they formed my indomitable duo of journalists I admired and tried to learn from.
When in 2013 he was accused of racism for racist remarks he made on his Facebook wall against Rwandans, I defended him to friends my underlying point being that some facts were racist and that asked he who had no sin to cast the first stone.
When he later retracted his statements and claimed his account had been hacked I knew it was a lie but still found a way to vindicate him.
I didn’t know I would end up pursuing journalism as a course but still always thought to myself that if I didn’t pursue my first choice which was Law then I was going to become a great journalist like Obore.
Then one I heard that he had been appointed as the new Director of Communications at the Parliament of the Republic of Uganda whose commander-in-chief is Yoweri K. Museveni the man whose government he had not long ago censured for corruption and lack or rule of law.
It was the very first notification I would get of the relevance of Nietzsche’s quote that cautioned anyone who fought against darkness to be careful lest his shade darkened.
“He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you” Friedrich Nietzsche said.
Chris Obore directed his gun towards the professionals that once called him their own and like Don Wanyama before him rid those of us who root for great journalism the novelty of their service as journalists opting for Communication. When I saw him bashing a section of journalists and defending the same government whose arms he once pledged to monitor I couldn’t help but feel an ounce of disappointment in the man I once tipped my hat for.
The man who used to attack corruption, dictatorial tendencies and poor service delivery was now defending those who eroded the very principles he stood for years ago.
To date I don’t know the underlying reasons for which he switched sides, maybe the tentacles of money gripped real hard as most believe or he was a snitch but these are answers only he can deliver.
One thing am sure of is that he played his part in building the investigative journalism genre and in those years he practiced he was my best journalist.
I just wish he had considered how difficult it is to find a mentor before switching sides. Now days I strive to be like CHARLES MPAGI MWANGUHYA but unfortunately I have to wait for Sundays at 10;00pm to listen to him on #NTVFourthEstate while I plot his overthrow as the next better thing in journalism😊