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The Nature Of Political Culture Under Corrupted And Weak Governments

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Over the course of this semester, we have learned a great deal about what makes a government stable, efficient and effective. In studying the governments and political culture of both Nigeria and Uganda, I have concluded that regardless of the governing style, if the stability of the government and governmental leaders is weak, the stability of the country itself and the control that the government has over the country is low as well. Uganda and Nigeria both utilize a presidential republic style of government, but Nigeria exhibits more signs of budding democracy than Uganda. Both countries exhibit a fair amount of corruption and blatant policy breaking within the federal and state ...view middle of the document...

Museveni gained power in early 1986 after a military coup to get Milton Obote out of office. After his rapid rise to power, he dissolved political parties and implemented a “no-party system”. The National Resistance Movement (NRM) became the only political body for the next 19 years. In 2005, after being a de facto one party state for so long, Museveni legalized parties through a referendum, but eliminated term limits. Museveni was solely looking out for his own well being when he jettisoned term limits, setting himself up to maintain power after the next year’s elections. The common theme of policy making based on personal gain is a problem that has plagued Uganda since the beginning of the country’s development. The most recently problematic regimes have been the regimes of Osbote and Amin, followed presently by Museveni. Milton Osbote used his power to suspend the constitution, granted all government powers to himself, removed and exiled the ceremonial Head of State, known as the Kabaka, and transitioned Uganda into a...

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