If the study of Uganda’s politics and history is to be raised to a higher level of intellectual excellence, the past has indeed to be studied; so must the present; and even the Future must be studied. But and it is a strong “But”, all this must be done with a greater degree of level-headedness, with more honesty, and with greater objectivity. Our people and our posterity deserve nothing less than that.
Justice George Kanyeihamba’s book is a welcome effort toward that end. His treatment comprises a good mix of critical analyses of a Past spanning the years from the beginning of the Declaration of the Uganda Protectorate in 1894 to the exit of Obote and the end of his Second Regime of the 1980-1985, up to the Present.
He is eminently qualified to write on the Constitutional and Political History of Uganda, not only because he is an expert and specialist in constitutional matters but also because he is a native of Uganda and has lived through some of the crises and upheavals he has written about. The trouble the author took to dig up the past records that have formed the bulk of his story and his use of those records are impressive.