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Title:Africa's development nightmare: Uganda's case
Author:Okoth, P. GodfreyISNI
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Research and Development (ISSN 0251-0405)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Uganda
East Africa
Subjects:economic recession
political history
Economics, Commerce
Economic and social development
class struggle
Abstract:This paper locates the current crisis in Uganda within the overall African crisis. It argues that this crisis, which has been caused by both external and internal factors, has been compounded by the dominant role played by the State in 'development', the weakness of other institutions and the stratification of society in Uganda. The State-centred approach in Uganda is clearly a colonial legacy. Created arbitrarily by the British colonial regime to cater for its own interests, the so-called modern State was established in Uganda with virtually no regard for the nationality, linguistic, economic, or geographic features of the peoples deemed by colonial providence to become nationals of the new country. Nor was it created with a view to encouraging political participation and accountability. Similarly, 'development' during the colonial era was predominantly controlled by a class of colonial civil servants. Nothing much changed with independence in 1962. Ugandan society was fragmented and violence was the order of the day. Despite the crisis of the African State, there are today some glimpses of hope, such as the worldwide democratic tide due to the retreat of the Cold War, the talks about a New International Economic Order, and the Lagos Plan of Action. However, unless the State in Africa is structurally transformed, genuine democracy and economic development cannot be possible. Ref., sum.