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Uganda since Independence: A Story of Unfulfilled Hopes
Uganda since Independence: A Story of Unfulfilled Hopes
By Phares Mutibwa
Africa World Press, 1992, 209 pp

It is hard to disagree with this author, a former history professor at Makerere University in Kampala, when he laments that Uganda has suffered more than its fair share of tribulations over the last quarter-century. Well endowed with natural resources and talented citizens, Uganda might have been one of Africa's success stories but instead became a tragic failure. Why? Despite ably narrating the story of the country's descent into anarchy and destruction and its gradual rehabilitation since 1986, the author never delves deeply enough in his search for causes. Instead of trying to explain the complex social, cultural and historical reasons why stable democratic politics could not take root after Uganda's independence, the book settles too easily for moralizing and heaping personal blame on the sorry procession of political gangsters and their henchmen who trampled on the peoples hopes.