Panel Discussion on Violence in Uganda’s Rwenzori

Event Information
Event Date: 
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 - 2:15pm

Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) will hold a panel discussion on "Violence in Uganda’s Rwenzori" on Wednesday 15th June 2016, 2.15 pm – 5.15 pm in MISR Seminar Room 1. You are all invited.

Concept Note

Mid-western Uganda has until recently been regarded as a microcosm of ethno-political conflict in Uganda and the Great Lakes region.

Cultural institutions were restored in Uganda in the first decade of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) rule. Since then, the communities concerned – from Buganda to Busoga, Bunyoro, Toro, Rwenzururu and Bwamba – have gradually witnessed episodes of conflict. This panel will focus on recent episode of violence by vigilante Bakonzo youth in the districts of Bundibugyo, Kasese, and Ntoroko in July, 2014 as well as the recent violent attacks in Bundibugyo and Kasese following the February 2016 elections.

How has violence unfolded in mid-western Uganda under NRM rule and how has it come to (re)shape the organization of the state and society? What plausible explanations may be advanced for this growing spiral of violence?


  • Arthur Muhindo-Syahuka, PhD – Dept of Political Science, CHUSS – Makerere Univ.
  • Francis Tuhaise Amooti, MA – Convener, Rwenzori Forum for Peace and Justice.
  • Prossy Kabasweka Akiiki, Adjunct Faculty, Mountains of the Moon University & Human Rights Activist.
  • Evarist Ngabirano, MISR PhD Fellow.
  • David-Ngendo Tshimba, MISR PhD Fellow.
  • Yahya Sseremba, MISR PhD Fellow.

Moderator: Mahmood Mamdani, PhD – Executive Director, MISR.

Event Venue
MISR Seminar Room 1
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