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Title:Nationality and Nationalism in Africa: The Uganda Case
Author:Kiwanuka, M. Semakula M.
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:party structure
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/483863
Abstract:There are three dominant nationalisms in Uganda: 1) Uganda-wide nationalism serving the whole rather than a part; 2) Kiganda nationalism serving the interests of Buganda; 3) the anti-Kiganda nationalism serving primarily the interests of other (anti-Kiganda) ethnic groups. Concentrating on Uganda and Kiganda nationalisms, the author deals with the politics of Buganda which have exercised a dominant influence on the rest of Uganda. Kiganda nationalism existed long before colonial rule, but British colonial practices enhanced it. This nationalism provoked an anti-Kiganda nationalism as a second force in Uganda politics. Kiganda nationalism has always shown a remarkable degree of resilience and held more allegiances than the Uganda nationalism. Contrary to popular belief, the Mengo regime had never been anti-party politics. Although the kingdom is officially abolished, any future government will have to contend with a more emotionally charged nationalism, result of the 'desecration of the Kingdom'. Notes, map.