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Title:The Struggle for Democracy in Uganda
Author:Omara-Otunnu, AmiiISNI
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:African Independent Churches
political action
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
Religion and Witchcraft
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/161167
Abstract:This article outlines the various historical factors that have made democracy of particular relevance to Africa, and then examines some of the pronouncements and actions of the National Resistance Army (NRA) regime which demonstrate the multidimensional tensions in the rhetoric and practice of democracy in Uganda. Within a year of assuming power in January 1986, the most serious challenge to the NRA government was posed by a movement led by a barely literate woman known as Alice Lakwena. Her rise to political visibility, as a symbol of the most disadvantaged sectors of the population, raises a number of questions about the struggle for democracy, the patterns of sociopolitical relations and interactions, and the nature of the expected/promised fundamental changes. The author argues that the rise of Alice Lakwena was due to the repressive policies of the NRA and to the inability of the educated elite to articulate and organize the aspirations of those living in northern and eastern Uganda. Little progress has been made towards democracy since Lakwena's uprising. Ref. (Extended and revised version of an article which appeared in: Issue, vol. 20, no. 1 (1991), p. 41-49.)