With his new book, Idi Amin: Lion of Africa, Manzoor Moghal offers a reappraisal of Idi Amin’s time in office. While this is not an outright defence of Amin’s rule, it is, nonetheless, an attempt to recast the man, and offer a more positive narrative of his politics.
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.
Butterflies of the Nile is a collection of poetry, short stories and plays written by Jane Musoke-Nteyafas, a Ugandan writer living in Canada. The tone is sharply feminine, with passionate descriptions of the beauty of an African woman.
Human Rights NGOs in East Africa: Political and Normative Tensions a book that came out in November 2010, is a collection of papers researched and empirically argued by East Africa’s most respected human rights campaigners and scholars: Joe Oloka Onyango, Makau Mutua, Willy Mutunga, Jacinta Muteshi, Muthoni Wanyeki, Sylvia Tamale, and Livingstone Ssewanyana.
Readers of “Ear to the Ground”, Charles Onyango-Obbo’s long running weekly column, which first appeared in The Monitor newspaper in 1994, will love Uganda’s Poorly Kept Secrets. Carrot on the stick!
Set around Mount Elgon in eastern Uganda, Upon This Mountain by Timothy Wangusa was published in 1989 by Heinemann International. It portrays African life in the post colonial era, a time when communities were drawn together through special religious and cultural occasions like baptism and circumcision.
Tall Grass, written by Father Jose Carlos Rodriguez Soto, and published in 2009 by Fountain Publishers, reveals the unreported side of the Northern Uganda conflict, through the eyes of this young Spanish priest who found himself at the center of the war
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.
Kobusingye’s book, which came out earlier this month, looks at Uganda’s politics under the current president, Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled the country since 1986.
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