ISBN 9789970024803
Pages 476
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2005
Publisher Fountain Publishers, Uganda
Format Paperback

Transformational Leadership in East Africa

Politics, Ideology and Community

by Eric Masinde Aseka

This book discusses the relationship between politics and power in East Africa from a historical perspective. The author examines how the exercise and contestation of political power and the role of leadership have played themselves out within the various ethnic communities, and at country and regional levels. He considers the aspects of culture, religion, capital, power and the state. The accumulated evidence is used to explain the character of community and regime politics in the pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial eras. In all, the work provides compelling historical rationale for the present crisis of the African state, all the while arguing that the purpose of the political process should be social justice, and that social commitment is a prerequisite for effective leadership and economic and political stability.

Contents: Culture, Power and Community in East African Leadership; Pre-colonial Roots of Leadership; African Spirituality and Leadership in Colonial East Africa; Leadership and European Institutional Control through Social Policy; The Decolonisation Saga and African Leadership; Politics and Leadership of Post-Colonial East Africa; Subjects of Leadership in the Post-Colonial States; Post-Colonial Leadership: the Politics of Nyerere, Kenyatta, Obote and Amin; East Africa under the Moi, Museveni and Mkapa Governments; Conclusion: Which Way for East Africa? The book is published for the Centre for Basic Research in Kampala Uganda.

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Review

‘…very insightful and information about the historical evolution  of various political groupings and political institutions with the East African community…’

South African Historical Journal, 57 (2007)
About the Author

Eric Masinde Aseka

Eric Masinde Aseka is Professor of Political History at Kenyatta University, Nairobi.

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