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Title:The Social Origins of Ugandan Presidents: From King to Peasant Warrior
Author:Mazrui, Ali A.ISNI
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:heads of State
Politics and Government
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/483871
Abstract:The history of the presidency in Uganda shows a process of structural democratization, starting with a king-president (Sir Edward Mutesa), then a president drawn from the middle classes and a chiefly house in Lango (A. Milton Obote), and finally a president drawn from more humble origins (General Idi Amin). The transition from electoral democracy to structural democracy has not been a conscious design, but the structural transformation is nevertheless real. Democratization in a structural sense went along three dimensions: 1) change from ascription and hereditary succession to secular and competitive credentials for power; 2) change from an educated president to a semi-literate one; 3) geo-ethnis change. It was the military profession which narrowed the cultural gap between Mutesa and Amin. After presenting their historical backgrounds these backgrounds are related to the wider issues of social change in Uganda: History in uniform - Cultural dualism and historical continuities - The coming of the common man - On revolution and the marginal man - Westernism and the military - Towards the future. Ref., French summary.