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Title:Strengthening ethical political leadership for sustainable peace and social justice in Africa: Uganda as a case study
Author:Mayanja, Evelyn
Year:2013
Periodical:African Journal on Conflict Resolution (ISSN 1562-6997)
Volume:13
Issue:2
Pages:113-146
Language:English
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:leadership
peacebuilding
ethics
philosophy
Link:https://www.accord.org.za/ajcr-issues/%ef%bf%bcstrengthening-ethical-political-leadership-for-sustainable-peace-and-social-justice-in-africa/
Abstract:Using an interdisciplinary approach of peace and conflict studies (PACS), the article analyses the deficit of ethical political leadership (EPL) and proposes a model for strengthening EPL in Uganda. The first part contextualizes and conceptualizes the leadership crisis in Africa with emphasis on Uganda. The second part examines the relationship between leadership transformation and peace from a PACS perspective. The third part examines the role of African 'Ubuntu' ethics in strengthening EPL and proposes a framework for intervention. Africa's leadership crisis is manifested by corruption, abuse of power, unconstitutionality, and the failure to create an environment for shaping new generations of young leaders with competence, integrity, vision, commitment, and skills for peace building and social justice. 'Ubuntu' means that a person becomes a person by being caring, hospitable, friendly and compassionate to other people. The author claims that there cannot be EPL without society's return to 'Ubuntu' ethics and proposes an integrated framework to achieve this. Political leadership needs to be transformed through: psychology, ethics and spirituality theory, politics, economic theory, and peace building. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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