ISBN 9789913603027
Pages 266
Dimensions 210x148 mm
Published 2022
Publisher Makerere University Press, Uganda
Format Paperback

Statehood on Trial

Thoughts on the 1966 Uganda Political Crisis

by Joseph Bossa

"This piece of work is original not in the sense that it is the first of its kind on the subject since many have written on the Uganda crisis of 1966, but in the reinterpretation of facts. Contrary to conventional wisdom, facts do not speak for themselves; they have to be made to speak, and the author has done that. He differs from most previous authors in the sense that he has not dwelt so much on apportioning blame for the outbreak of the 1966 crisis to individual agents. Instead, he largely attributes the crisis to a structural problem-the Lost Counties issue-a landmine planted in the body politic of Uganda by the 1900 Uganda Agreement." Mwambutsya Ndebesa, Makerere University "I find the book quite interesting, thrilling, and well-written. Much of the prose, grammar, and style is to the dot-a clear stylistic consistency that runs all through to the end. It is the kind of book a person interested in the subject may not wish to put down once picked for reading, even though they may disagree with the author." Jimmy Spire Ssentongo, Makerere University.

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About the Author

Joseph Bossa

Joseph Bossa was born at Entebbe Hospital in 1949 to Steven Beyo Bossa, a medical doctor, and Mary Laetitia Mbejjo, a nurse. He spent his formative years in a rural Masaka District homestead alongside five generations of his relatives from whom he learned the traditions, values, and trades of the Baganda. Bossa attended Baganda Martyrs' Junior Secondary School, Rubaga; Namilyango College; and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University. He was later awarded a Master of Laws degree from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He has previously taught Law at The Law Development Centre, Kampala. Mr. Bossa helped establish and then headed the Legal Department at Bank of Uganda between 1982 and 2004. He was married with several children. He was Vice-President and Acting President of the Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) between 2011 and 1st October, 2019, when he passed on.