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Tindigarukayo, Jimmy
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Challenges of the Political Independence Experience in Uganda
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SALISES 12th Annual Conference
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March 23-25, 2011.
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Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Kingston
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Abstract
The year 2012 will mark 50 years since Uganda attained political independence from Britain on October 9, 1962. Independence was greeted with enthusiasm by Ugandans from all walks of life, for, as the Uganda anthem, sung for the first time on independence day states, the end of colonial rule would usher in not only sovereignty, but also freedom, unity and prosperity. Far from attaining these four vital tenets of statehood, independent Uganda has been characterized by three secessionist attempts, seven major constitutional crises, six limited civil wars, three successful military coups, eight changes of government, three external interventions, excessive brutality, serious economic dislocations during the dictatorial regime of Idi Amin (1971-1979), and the rampant corruption that permeates the current Museveni’s regime (1986-now). This paper will examine the main factors that have led to the above mentioned challenges to independent Uganda, despite its promising start.....
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