Personalizing Power in Uganda

Issue Date July 2007
Volume 18
Issue 3
Page Numbers 23-28
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A dozen years after the adoption of Uganda’s new constitution, the democratization process has been thrown into reverse. Uganda today is sliding backward toward a system of one-man rule engineered by the recently reelected President Yoweri Museveni, who has now been in power for more than two decades. Due to Museveni’s use of force and intimidation on the one hand, and his manipulation of patronage on the other, the stakeholders whom one would naturally expect to denounce the backsliding have been silent.

About the Author

Andrew M. Mwenda is currently a John Knight Fellow at Stanford University. He has been political editor of Uganda’sDaily Monitorand host of a prime-time radio talk show. He is a founding fellow at the Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), a public-policy research group in Kampala.

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