ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The New UNIDO-Expectations versus Realities

August 31, 1985 had been completely oblivious of the various cleavages that necessarily arose in his corrupt regime As long as each faction generally looked to Obote for political clout, he did hot give a damn for all the infighting that characterised his government. As is well known,, political struggles in Africa very soon acquire a tribal and/or religious shrouding, and in Uganda this factionalised politics was of late reaching such proportions that Obote's own actions began to be associated with it Lacking the tact to steer clear of that politics, he thought he could clamp down on it by lending his weight on one side. It was a fatal mistake. Having an army which is predominantly of one tribe, Obote made it appear that he was siding with a tribal grouping that enjoys a minority position in the army. The officers from the majority tribe could not but be alarmed, and when they ordered their men to march on Kampala, Obote had no option but to flee. Such, then, is the brankruptcy of politics in Africa. For it should not be thought that these features are purely Ugandan, in truth they characterise political developments in the continent as a whole. The political decay differs from one African country to another only in its degree.

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