This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Trace The Causes And Development Of Ethinicity In Uganda. By Walubo Jude Tadeo, Makere University, Kampala Uganda

9669 words - 39 pages

The genesis of the ethnic crisis in Uganda, as in most parts of Africa, is mainly linked to the colonial intervention process and the particular organisation of power in society. The post-colonial practices simply enhanced it. Therefore, the formation of ethnic identities is a social construction defined by the historical conditions in which they emerge. Ethnicity is not a constant. Over Uganda's history, ethnicity has been continually redefined as the context has changed. The objective of this section is to present a historical examination of the colonial and post-colonial practices which created and sustain the ethnic phenomenon in Uganda's socio-political set up. Mamdani contends that to understand the phenomenon of what is referred to as 'tribalism' it is necessary to look at it within a social context. This is why, rather than conceiving of an ethnic identity as simply invented by statecraft, as in Ranger , or as 'imagined' by intellectuals, as in Anderson , it would make sense to speak of the making of an ethnicity. Ethnicity is made through political, economic and social processes. It is these processes that we examine here.The problem of ethnicity and political power in Uganda has been superficially explained in a one-sided manner as mainly an outcome of the first 25 years of independence and the pre-industrial nature of Ugandan society. Mazrui advances another view, which attributes ethnic mobilisation to tribalism in Uganda. Perhaps a more negative trend is one that attributes continued ethnicity in the country to the personalities of those who governed after independence . It is historically partial, both theoretically and empirically narrow, to conceptualise the problem of ethnicity and political power in Uganda in this manner. It is important to trace the social history of ethnicity and power, particularly from the colonial practices, in order to interpret the current situation intelligently.The historical conditions under which ethnicity was constructed in Uganda were buttressed by the establishment of British colonial administration towards the end of the 19th Century. In the 68 years of colonial rule, Britain systematically cultivated and firmly established an intricate system of domination in all spheres of Ugandan society. Politically, the origins of ethnicity and the obstacles it poses to the democratisation process can be located in colonial politics. At the same time ethnicity was a form of anti-colonialism. The cultivation of ethnic intricacies by colonialism can be analysed at several levels: the drawing of colonial boundaries, the organisation of power within the colony, the political and economic dominance of Buganda, the underdevelopment of civil society and finally, ethnicity and the anti-colonial movement.First, the single-most important element that entrenched ethnicity in the body politic of Uganda was the arbitrary colonial act of boundaries. Driven by an overwhelming economic logic, British colonialism brought...

Find Another Essay On Trace the causes and Development of Ethinicity in Uganda. By Walubo Jude Tadeo, Makere University, Kampala Uganda

19th Century Jihads and social justice, security and prosperity. By Walubo Jude Tadeo Makerere University - Kampala Uganda e-mail :

1498 words - 6 pages stimulated agricultural and industrial activities" (Adu Boahen , A. Ajayi & Michael Tidy, p. 49)Even the cruel method of collecting the taxes that existed before the Jihads was provoking that fundamentalists could not stand it. It was ruthless in operation and tax collectors used to whip people in the collection of taxes and imprisoned others. This was greatly resented by the Sudanese subjects and they rose up against the regimes of the day


990 words - 4 pages ). This theory of Plato's was also shared by Aristotle who said "He who is unable to live in society or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must either be a beast or a god" (Stumph, 103). These two views indicate the importance of a State to an individual according to Plato and Aristotle. All three philosophers believed that man would be much happier if he was part of a State rather than on his own. Socrates once stated "We are

To What extent did the spread of Christianity violate Human Rights and Freedom in Africa? By Walubo Jude Tadeo

1919 words - 8 pages deviation of a well-intentioned undertaking that went horribly wrong. Neither was it, as we were later told, an attempt to stave off the "evil of slave trade" Its ideological underpinning and the programmes set in motion constituted a deliberate and systematic mission of a ruling clique that saw itself as the champion of a "super-race".It is necessary to note that the Christianity era was preceded by a sustained period of dispossession, denial, and

The Course of Political Development in Uganda and its Effect on Economic Development

3567 words - 14 pages .” University of Wisconsin Press: Madison. Gakwandi, Arthur, Ed. 1999. “Uganda Pocket Facts.” Fountain Publishers: Kampala. Gukiina, Peter M. 1972. “Uganda: A Case Study in African Political Development.” University of Notre Dame Press: Notre Dame. Harvey, Charles and Mark Robinson. 1995. “Economic Reform and Political Liberalization in Uganda.” Institute of Development Studies: Brighton. “Hostile to Democracy: The Movement System and

The Buganda People in Uganda

2033 words - 8 pages The Buganda people were a smaller but more organized monarchy, and fanned the flames of rebellion in neighboring Bunyoro-Kitara. In the late sixteen-hundreds Buganda doubled in size through successful military campaigns, and by the eighteen-hundreds was the dominant power in Uganda. One key to their success was the method by which they chose the new “kabaka” or king. Rather than determining inheritance through the paternal line, the throne was

Media and The Kony 2012 Movement in Uganda

1565 words - 6 pages by an organization called Invisible Children, and gained millions of views within hours of it being uploaded. The purpose of the video was to spread awareness on the Lord’s Resistance Movement (LRA) in Uganda and its leader, Joseph Kony. "For 26 years, Kony has been kidnapping children into his rebel group, the LRA. Turning the girls into sex slaves and the boys into child soldiers. He makes them mutilate people's faces. And he forces them to kill

Poverty in Uganda

1342 words - 6 pages large and growing population of Uganda could be one of the possible causes of poverty. On the other hand, history has also shown the poverty rate has declined recently, but one cannot say how the last five years and the roughly five million people have affected the poverty rate. Makerere University and Duke University did a development study consisting of thirty-six villages in Central and Western Uganda for twenty-five years and found, “A

Children Deprived of their Childhood in Uganda

1559 words - 7 pages Uganda is located in East Africa and is separated into three main parts- a dessert region, a plateau, and swampy lowlands. This country is bordered by Rwanda and Tanzania from the south, on the east by Kenya, on the west by Congo, and on the north by Sudan. Ugandans military systems are run mostly by the savage Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The LRA is located in the northern part of Uganda and consists of a total estimate of 45,000 soldiers of

Government of The Repulic of Uganda

1946 words - 8 pages . Lt. Gen Kayihura, K. (2011). Uganda Police Force: The Annual Crime and Traffic/Road Safety. [Report]. Nalubya, A. (2009).Uganda youth Development Link: National Conference for Implementaion of HIV/AIDS Programs: [Report]. (UYDEL). Imperial Royal Hotel, Kampala. Ndyanabangi,S. Funk, M. Sebunya T. Drew, N. Dhilon, S. Sugiuru, K. Skeen, S. (2012). WHO proMIND: WHO profile on Mental Health in Development :Republic of Uganda, Geneva

Information on The Republic of Uganda

987 words - 4 pages Republic of Uganda is the multiparty democratic republic. A constitutional referendum in July 2005 cancelled ban on multi-party politics. The President of Uganda, currently Lt Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, is both head of the state and head of the government. President is elected by popular vote for a five-year term. Additionally, the constitutional term limit for the presidency was changed in 1995 from the previous two-term limit, to enable the

Witness Uganda and the Greater Good

703 words - 3 pages commitment to support social justice by placing oneself on the side of the vulnerable and marginalized” (Massaro 113). If this mindset were embraced in the musical Witness Uganda and in Uganda itself, doors of education, financial stability, social success, and even political respect could be opened for the poor of the country. The Catholic Social Justice Theme of a constructive role of government promotes a government that advocates for the common good

Similar Essays

Ethinicity In Uganda Root Causes And Growth By Walubo Jude Tadeo Makerere University, Kampala

9767 words - 39 pages One of the post-independence political concerns in Uganda today is that ethnicity had been detrimental to national unity, democracy and development. There is no doubt that the conflicts in Uganda from 1964 to 1966 when Prime Minister Milton Obote overthrew President Edward Mutesa, have taken on an ethnic expression. The 1971 coup by Idi Amin, the civil war of 1981-86 and the insurgency in the North since 1987 have all had ethnicity as one of the

A Comparison Between The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights And The 1995 Uganda Constitution By Walubo Jude Tadeo, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. 2005

4043 words - 16 pages international human rights treaties to which the country is a party, and have been used by the authorities to restrict fundamental freedoms.Livingstone Sewantaya contends that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights permeates national constitutions in Africa,"Its most fundamental achievement achievement remains the setting of international standards which have influenced legislation, incorporation of charters, ressoulutions and the development

How Colonialism Under Developed Uganda By Walubo Jude Tadeo, Makerere University Kampala Uganda East Africa

4668 words - 19 pages imposition of conservation and development models based on British philosophies and experience; and the management and restructuring of East African human-environmental interactions according to British traditions and ideologies that would pave way for fully fledged exploitation and plunder.The most important root of underdevelopment in Uganda by the British was the institutionalization and reproduction of capitalist dynamics of production

Universal Secondary Education (Use) Can Be A Blessing To Learners With Special Needs In Uganda By Walubo Jude Tadeo Makerere University Kampala Uganda East Africa

2340 words - 9 pages can be done through availing teachers with time and resources for training, workshops and seminars. A focus on human resources development, through various training and support programmes for all relevant role players (particularly educators) should be accounted for.There is need for sensitisation to do away with the negative attitudes of most teachers and students towards children with disabilities are in many respects still a hindrance to the