In this Book

University of Minnesota Press
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Recent seismic shifts in Congo and Rwanda have exposed the continued volatility of the state of affairs in central Africa. As African states have shaken off their postcolonial despots, new leaders with sweeping ideas about a pan-African alliance have emerged-and yet the internecine struggles go on. What is Africa’s problem? As one of the leaders expressing a broad and forceful vision for Africa’s future, Uganda’s Yoweri K. Museveni is perhaps better placed than anyone in the world to address the very question his book poses. In 1986, after more than a decade of armed struggle, a rebellion led by Museveni toppled the dictatorship of Idi Amin, and Museveni, at 42, became president of Uganda, a country at that time in near total disarray. Since then, Uganda has made remarkable strides in political, civic, and economic arenas, and Museveni has assumed the role of "the éminence grise of the new leadership in central Africa" (Philip Gourevitch, New Yorker). As such, he has proven a powerful force for change, not just in Uganda but across the turbulent span of African states. This collection of Museveni’s writings and speeches lays out the possibilities for social change in Africa. Working with a broad historical understanding and an intimate knowledge of the problems at hand, Museveni describes how movements can be formed to foster democracy, how class consciousness can transcend tribal differences in the development of democratic institutions, and how the politics of identity operate in postcolonial Africa. Museveni’s own contributions to the overthrow of Zaire’s Mobutu Sese Seko and to the political transformation of Uganda suggest the kind of change that may sweep Africa in decades to come. What Is Africa’s Problem? gives a firsthand look at what those changes might be, how they might come about, and what they might mean.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere
  3. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. Map of Uganda
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. Key Political Events in Uganda
  2. pp. xxiii-xxiv
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  1. Profile of President Ybweri Kaguta Museveni
  2. pp. xxv-xxx
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  1. I. Ugandan Polities
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Ours Is a Fundamental Change
  2. pp. 3-9
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  1. 2. The Price of Bad Leadership
  2. pp. 10-15
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  1. 3. Religion and Politics
  2. pp. 16-18
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  1. 4. Colonial versus Modern Law
  2. pp. 19-21
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  1. 5. Security Is the Key
  2. pp. 22-30
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  1. 6. The State of the Nation in 1989
  2. pp. 31-43
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  1. 7. Why the Interim Period Was Extended
  2. pp. 44-48
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  1. 8. The Interim Balance Sheet
  2. pp. 49-58
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  1. 9. Where Is the Public Spirit in the Public Service?
  2. pp. 59-70
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  1. 10. Corruption Is a Cancer
  2. pp. 71-76
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  1. 11. Was It a Fundamental Change?
  2. pp. 77-87
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  1. 12. Building Uganda for the Future
  2. pp. 88-108
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  1. II. Military Strategy in Uganda
  2. pp. 109-110
  1. 13. Why We Fought a Protracted People's War
  2. pp. 111-123
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  1. 14. Who Is Winning the War?
  2. pp. 124-129
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  1. 15. The NRA and the People
  2. pp. 130-131
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  1. 16. How to Fight a Counterrevolutionary Insurgency
  2. pp. 132-140
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  1. III. African Politics
  2. pp. 141-142
  1. 17. What's Wrong with Africa?
  2. pp. 143-149
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  1. 18. Most of Africa Kept Quiet ...
  2. pp. 150-153
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  1. 19. Self-Reliance Is the Way Ahead
  2. pp. 154-160
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  1. 20. Political Substance and Political Form
  2. pp. 161-165
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  1. 21. The Crisis of the State in Africa
  2. pp. 166-176
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  1. IV. Africa in World Politics
  2. pp. 177-178
  1. 22. Genuine Nonalignment
  2. pp. 179-187
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  1. 23. When Is Africa's Industrial Revolution?
  2. pp. 188-196
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  1. 24. Defending Our Common Heritage
  2. pp. 197-207
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  1. 25. The Economic Consequences of Coffee
  2. pp. 208-213
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  1. 26. Africa Needs Ideological and Economic Independence
  2. pp. 214-222
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  1. 27. Where Does the East-West Thaw Leave Africa?
  2. pp. 223-230
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  1. 28. The Need for North-South Cooperation
  2. pp. 231-246
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  1. 29. AIDS Is a Socioeconomic Disease
  2. pp. 247-256
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  1. Appendix: The National Resistance Movement Ten-Point Program
  2. pp. 257-262
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  1. About the Author
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