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Title:Uganda: the quest for control
Author:Chick, J.D.
Periodical:The World Today: Chatham House Review
Geographic term:Uganda
Subject:political stability
Abstract:Like the other states of tropical Africa Uganda has been confronted since independence by a formidable array of problems, most of which are inseparable from the process of modernization. Few countries have avoided the problem of subordinating traditional loyalties to a new sense of national purpose: ethnic rivalries have often escalated and become a major source of instability. The dilemmas which it has raised in Uganda have been particularly acute. The article exposes the historical reasons for this, the struggles between the Kabaka Yekka and the Uganda People's Congress and the struggle for power in 1966 between Prime Minister Obote and the Kabaka, that ended with the flight of the Kabaka. In the three years since this confrontation, a great deal of progress has been made towards the relaxation of tension. In September 1967 an amended draft of a new constitution was adopted, which provides for a strong executive presidency, and formally abolishes the kingdoms and their royal offices. At the moment, interest focuses upon the prospect of a general election, due to be held in 1970 or 1971.