via http://www.newvision.co.ug – On July 18, Professor Mahmood Mamdani, the director Makerere University Institute of Social Research gave a talk at Serena Hotel at the dinner to celebrate the 56th Anniversary of the coronation of the Aga Khan. The talk delved into the political transformation of Uganda. Below is his speech.
This is a time for anniversaries. This year, we have observed two anniversaries in the 50s this year: the anniversary to mark the ascension of H.H. the Aga Khan, and the independence of Uganda. I shall focus on the latter event in these remarks.
The 50th anniversary of Uganda, like that of all states in the region, was celebrated by one and all. The most striking thing about the celebration was the lack of any critical reflection.
I would like to begin with a question: Whose 50th birthday did we celebrate on 9th October? Of the state or of society?
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