Change in Uganda: Museveni’s Machinations

Issue Date April 2004
Volume 15
Issue 2
Page Numbers 140-44
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Uganda enjoys the reputation of a fairly stable nation amidst the chaos of the Great Lakes Region. President Museveni has been hailed as leader among a “new breed” of African leaders who will transform the continent to shed its image of poverty, disease and war. Between 1986 and 1994 Uganda’s human rights record and economic recovery were remarkable. From 1994, government started a web of constitutional provisions, laws and regulations that entrenched one-man rule. In 2004, government proposes to amend the Constitution to enable Museveni to rule for life, which will add him to a long list of African sit-tight dictators.

About the Author

Anne Mugisha is secretary for international affairs of the Reform Agenda, a Ugandan opposition group, and director of Change Initiative, an organization that promotes democracy and good governance. A lawyer who has previously held various positions in the Ugandan government, she was a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy from October 2003 to March 2004.

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