Aili Mari Tripp draws parallels between Museveni’s Uganda and similar regimes elsewhere in Africa and reflects on the implications for institution building. In particular, she raises concern about the impact that hybrid regimes have on the judiciary, opposition and civil society. How can donors keep from entrenching such systems?
Published by Roka Publishers (EA) Limited, Odonga Otto’s Theories and the Practice of Democracy, A Parliamentarians Perspective is the latest of several books that have come out recently criticizing Uganda’s current president, Yoweri Museveni. And as one would expect from an opposing member of parliament, the book is accusatory and deeply critical of the policies of the Museveni regime.
Until her book came out this month, it is safe to say that very few people, even among her countrymen and women, had heard of Olive Kobusingye. Fewer still would have known of her relationship to that country’s leading opposition politician, Kiiza Besigye.
Yet, since her book, “The Correct Line? Uganda under Museveni” hit the market, Ugandans in and out of the country have talked about little else. And this in a month when local athlete Moses Kipsiro bagged the country’s first ever double gold medal haul at the Commonwealth Games in India.
French philosopher Albert Camus once observed that we live in an absurd world, a world where we are lost of memories of the past and are uncertain of the Promised Land to come. Uganda has seen these times. Two books under the title Looking Back; one subtitled Tragedies of Ugandan Women and Children 1970-2000, and the other; Personal Memories of Uganda’s Troubled Past 1970-2000, narrate the unimaginable atrocities suffered by this country
King on the Throne written by Charles Peter Mayiga, a high ranking kingdom official, is an insider’s tale of the birth and growth of Buganda nationalism in the period since 1993. The book catalogues the history of the Buganda kingdom, especially after 1993. It is a moving narrative and commentary from a man whose principle job has been attending and recording resolutions of the Lukiiko, Buganda’s highest decision making organ.