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By Ogenga Otunnu

This ebook demonstrates that societies experiencing lengthy and serious crises of legitimacy are at risk of excessive and protracted political violence. the main significant component accounting for the endurance of excessive political violence in Uganda is the serious main issue of legitimacy of the kingdom, its associations, political incumbents and their challengers. This predicament of legitimacy, that is formed through either inner and exterior forces, prior and current, debts for the extraordinary continuity within the heritage of political violence because the building of the state.

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Crisis of Legitimacy and Political Violence in Uganda, 1890 to 1979

This booklet demonstrates that societies experiencing lengthy and serious crises of legitimacy are susceptible to excessive and protracted political violence. the main major factor accounting for the patience of extreme political violence in Uganda is the critical situation of legitimacy of the country, its associations, political incumbents and their challengers.

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Tosh, The Pursuit of History: Aims, Methods and New Directions in the Study of Modern History. London & New York: Longman, 1984: 48–64, 93–126, 152–196; M. Glazer, The Research Adventure: Promise and Problems of Field Work.  J.  A. Lury, Data Collection in Developing Countries. Second Edition. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987. 57 INTRODUCTION 29 s­ ocieties. It also reveals lines of continuity and discontinuity in the history of political violence from pre-colonial states to the colonial state. Here, the focus is largely on three pre-colonial states: Bunyoro-Kitara, Buganda and Acoli.

10 To punish and deter such an act, the Mukama Beattie, Bunyoro: An African Kingdom: 9–10. Mbiti, African Religions and Philosophy: 184. 9 10 BACKGROUND: LEGITIMACY AND POLITICAL VIOLENCE... 11 The concentration of enormous powers in the hands of the king and the brutality with which he could punish his perceived opponents, such as the Basaigi clan, highlighted a number of points. First, the Mukamaship and the state, at least in this instance, were fused into the personhood of the Mukama. Second, the state became despotically strong and retained strong infrastructural powers in most parts of the state.

N. , Democracy, Clientelism, and Civil Society. , States in History: 109–136, 154–176. 20 O. OTUNNU reflect the tragic history of the construction and evolution of the states, the despotic and predatory nature of both the states and the ruling elites, and the exploitative nature of the international political economy of which the states are its most marginalized and chronically dependent members. To address the heritage of the severe crisis of legitimacy, those African regimes that were given constitutional instruments of liberal democracy in the terminal phase of colonial rule embraced and exercised them.

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