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Title:The Challenge of Creating Sustainable Peace and Democratic Freedom in Uganda
Author:Nabudere, Dani W.
Year:1995
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights
Volume:2
Issue:2
Pages:131-157
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Uganda
East Africa
Subjects:democracy
political stability
National Resistance Movement
Politics and Government
Law, Human Rights and Violence
law
constitutions
democratization
peace
Political development
Abstract:The political history of Uganda has been characterized by regimes which, in the name of national security, peace and stability, political unity, and antisectarianism have denied the people of Uganda the right to freely elect their government. The present attempt to entrench the National Resistance Movement (NRM) by constitutional means is a case in point. The author examines the reasons for the prevalence of instability in Uganda, which he believes are to be sought to a large extent in the country's economic structure and the increasing impoverishment of the vast majority of the people, and argues that instability cannot be overcome by a mere exercise in constitutionmaking. He traces the development of the idea of the NRM as a 'nonpartisan' broad-based movement and argues that the 'movement' concept is incompatible with basic democratic freedoms. He offers a critique of the present undemocratic situation in Uganda and the attempts to institutionalize the NRM through a one-sided constitution-making process. In his opinion, it is debatable whether the NRM as such can bring about a new democratic order in Uganda. Given the present political and socioeconomic situation, it is not clear how people can have any influence over government policies in the short or even medium term. Notes, ref.
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