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Ugandan History;
PART 4 - The early '80s;
Obote Returns ... to the Beginning of New Hope!

The series of Ugandan History continue here ...

The early '80s;

Following on; After the reign of Idi Amin, the 1979 liberation war brought Professor Yusuf Lule as President but he lasted only 68 days before he was replaced by Godfrey Lukongwa Binaisa as President.

There was confusion and division that marred the leadership at the time and with in no time, Binaisa was gone.

A military council led by Paulo Muwanga led the country to the 1980 elections which saw the return of Milton Obote and UPC.

Subsequently, these election results were rejected by the Democratic Party (DP) - which came second, the Uganda Patriotic Movement (UPM) - led by Yoweri Museveni at the time and the Conservative Party (CP) on grounds that they were rigged.

UPC and Obote return (1980 - 1985);

(the ugly scene of Ugandan History continues...)

Obote's second rule was marred by repression and the death of many civilians as a result of civil war famously known as the Ugandan bush war.

The country degenerated into anarchy. This was a period of no security for both life and property. The military controlled almost all sectors.

Another military coup yet again - In 1985, Obote was ousted once more by one of his Generals, Tito Okello.

He too was deposed after 6 months in 1986 after the famous bush war by the National Resistance Army (NRA) operating under the leadership of the current President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

Beginning of New Hope;

(Ugandan history back on track!)

From 1986 on, Ugandan History recorded a revival of a nation. There was a quick systematic rebuilding of a nation; strengthening institutions, infrastructure development and revival of the economy. There was evidence of a feeling of hope and togetherness.

Museveni has been in power since 1986, initially establishing a broad based government that was all inclusive under the National Resistance Movement (NRM).

They called it the non-party 'movement' system and all activities of political parties were suspended. Candidates were elected on individual merit.

The first 10 years (1986 - 1996) of this change saw great political, social and economic reforms.

There were more women joining politics and by 2001, female parliamentary representation was at 24%- one of the highest in Africa at the time.

A new constitution was promulgated in 1995 followed by presidential elections in 1996 and 2001 under universal suffrage which Museveni won.

The ban on political parties was lifted in 2005 and Museveni's NRM party has since won the subsequent elections- 2006 and 2011.

Wooh, wooh, wooh... believe you, me that was a long way down that Ugandan History lane. I hope I didn't lose you along the way. There is certainly a lot about Ugandan history and books have been written. Come see for yourself, immerse yourself in this bygone era and you will be amazed!

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