The Movement Legacy and its Impact on Uganda's Political Parties

  Right- Left: Prof. Ogenga Latigo, Prof. Joshua Rubongoya, Assoc. Prof. Phillip Apuuli Kasaija, Prof. Abdu Kasozi

On Thursday, 16th April, 2015, US-based Professor of Political Science Joshua B. Rubongoya delivered a public lecture at Makerere University. The topic of discussion was; “The Movement Legacy Prof. Rubongoya presents his paperand its Impact on Uganda’s Political Parties: A Preliminary Analysis”. The main discussant was Prof. Ogenga Latigo, former Leader of Opposition and the moderator was Associate Prof. Phillip Apuuli Kasaija from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Makerere University.  The lecture was coordinated by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) with support from the Office of the Vice Chancellor in Charge of Academic Affairs.

The movement legacy

The concept, ‘movement legacy’ was first coined by Professor Emeritus, Goran Hyden in an article published in 2011, entitled, “Barriers to Party Systems in Africa: the Movement Legacy”. “Movement legacy” means a pattern of political behaviour that characterized anti-colonial nationalist movements in their struggles for independence; and that continues to shape political party behaviour in much of Africa.   The ‘movement legacy’ is descriptive of a type of political organization.  This form of behaviour cum organization has continued to shape party politics in Uganda in the post-independence era, hence the reference ‘legacy’. It has also frustrated the prospects for deepening democracy.  It applies to all African parties—opposition and incumbent alike, but it is most pronounced among ruling parties and extremely detrimental to the emergence of strong and viable opposition parties. This partly explains why opposition politics in Africa is profoundly handicapped.

In his presentation, Prof. Rubongoya describes the manifestation of this legacy in the politics of Uganda. 

Prof. Rubongoya’s brief bio data

Dr. Joshua B. Rubongoya, is a professor and former Chair of the Public Affairs Department at Roanoke College in Virginia, USA.  He is the author of "Regime Hegemony in Museveni's Uganda: Pax Musevenica" published in 2007 by Palgrave Macmillan. Currently he is doing field research for a book on opposition politics in Uganda. In the 1980s he was a news caster on Uganda Television and reported for the now defunct Uganda Times.

Professor Rubongoya holds the M.A. and Ph. D. in international politics from University of Denver, Denver Colorado USA and graduated with a B.A. (Hons) from Makerere University.  He is the Founder of Books4Uganda, Inc., a non-profit devoted to equipping libraries in Uganda with books from the United States.

See attached Prof. Rubongoya's full presentation

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