The Continental: Tales of independence “Uganda”

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October 9th marks the independence of the East African nation, Uganda. Today Uganda celebrates 61 years of independence from British colonial powers which marked the beginning of quite a journey within the nation,  here’s a brief highlight on therich and complex history of Uganda:


  1. Pre-Colonial Period:
    • Uganda’s history dates back to ancient times when various kingdoms and chiefdoms, such as Buganda, Bunyoro, and Ankole, were established.
    • These kingdoms had organized societies, cultures, and systems of governance.
  2. Colonial Period:
    • In the late 19th century, European explorers, including Henry Morton Stanley and others, explored the region.
    • The British Empire established colonial rule in Uganda in the late 1800s. It was part of British East Africa.
  3. Independence and Post-Colonial Era:
    • Uganda gained independence from British colonial rule on October 9, 1962.
    • Sir Edward Mutesa II, the king of Buganda, became the first president of Uganda.
    • In 1966, President Milton Obote abolished the kingdoms, leading to political unrest and resistance.

4.  Amin’s Regime:

    • In 1971, Idi Amin seized power through a military coup, leading to a brutal and tumultuous period.
    • Amin’s rule was characterized by human rights abuses, political repression, and economic mismanagement.
    • He was overthrown in 1979, leading to a period of instability.

5.  Obote’s Second Presidency:

    • Milton Obote returned to power in 1980 and ruled until 1985.
    • His second presidency was marked by political turmoil, including conflict with rebels led by Yoweri Museveni.

6. Museveni’s Regime:

    • Yoweri Museveni and his National Resistance Movement (NRM) took control of Uganda in 1986 after a successful armed struggle.
    • Museveni became the president and implemented significant political and economic reforms.
    • Under Museveni’s leadership, Uganda experienced a period of relative stability and economic growth.

7. Recent History:

    • Uganda has held multiple presidential elections since Museveni came to power, but he has remained in office.
    • The country has faced various challenges, including civil conflicts in the north (notably the Lord’s Resistance Army insurgency) and regional conflicts in neighboring countries.


8. Present Day:

      • Uganda continues to be a multi-ethnic and diverse nation with a growing population.
  • Political dynamics, including discussions about presidential term limits, have been a subject of debate and controversy.

Written by: Arthur Daka

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