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Land For Development? Neoliberal Restructuring and the Dynamics of Land Reforms in Uganda

The idea and relevance of Compulsory Land Acquisition are central to the claims of many modern states world over. But how should we think of this practice in a post-colonial neoliberal context? This is the question at the heart of the theoretical criticisms and debates regarding Uganda’s Compulsory Land Acquisition Programme. In this debate, the government claims, and affirms, that a law on Compulsory Land Acquisition is needed because the government requires ‘land for development’.

Main Author: Adventino Banjwa
Publications: Student

Beyond Local Government Reforms: A Case Study of Toro and Kigezi Districts in the Politics of Postcolonial Uganda

Abstract This study contributes to the understanding of ethnicity in local government politics in Uganda. The idea here is to explain how ethnic patriotism was possible under the circumstances in which the colonial mode of governance rigidly recognized only one official identity of the Batoro in Toro. In comparison, the study demonstrates how the response from the colonized in Kigezi set parameters outside the indirect rule politics partly because the colonial mode of governance there was flexible in as far as it recognized the multi-ethnic identity of Kigezi.

Main Author: Evarist Ngabirano
Publications: Staff

Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa

Books reviewed in this issue include Renewing Workers’ Education: a radical vision (2020); A Short History of Modern Angola (2019); Decolonization in Universities: the politics of knowledge (2019); and The Political Economy of Government Subsidized Housing in South Africa (2020).

Journal Name: Transformation
Associated Authors: Gerhard Maré (University of KwaZulu-Natal), Kira Erwin and Rachel Matteau Matsha (Durban University of Technology), Imraan Valodia (University of the Witwatersrand),Vasu Reddy (University of Pretoria), Donna Andrews and Stephen Sparks (University of Johan
Main Author: Jeremy Grest
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The State and the Puzzle of Ethnicity: Rethinking Mass Violence in Uganda’s Rwenzori Region

Why does mass violence persist in Africa? Focusing on Uganda’s Rwenzori region where thousands have perished in a century of recurrent fighting between one ethnic group and another and between successive governments and the Bakonzo society, Yahya Sseremba examines how remedies advanced to address violence end up reproducing the institutional logic that drives violence. If the problem started in the early twentieth century when the ethnic groups that were not allocated tribal homelands (Bakonzo and Bamba) questioned the British creation of the

Main Author: Yahya Sseremba
Publications: Student
Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR)

Accessing Global Capital Through Remittance: A Route to the Reconfiguration of the Peasant Mode of Production in Rural Eritrea

Migration and its resultant remittance have become the two powerful forces of peasant transformation in Eritrea in the last decade. If the former is responsible for uprooting labor from land, the latter is a replacement value to what the labor would have produced from the land.

Main Author: Temesgen Tesfamariam Beyan
Publications: Alumni
Sage Publications

The MISR Review No.4

In this issue, we emulate the model we initiated in The MISR Review, no. 3. The bulk of the issue is a set of three lectures on a single theme; each lecture is followed by a set of comments, one or two. The lectures were organized around a single theme, Palestine as a Question, given by Raef Zreik from Tel Aviv University. The three lectures were titled: 1. Formation; 2. Justice; and 3. Decolonisation. We saw the lecture series as a way of introducing a debate on two critical questions: Israel/Palestine, and decolonisation.

Journal Name: MISR Review
Associated Authors: Raef Zreik, Lisa Damon, Oluwatosin Samuel Orimolade, Noura Erakat, Yosef Sintayehu Jemberie, Mbasughun Ukpi, Mohamed Amer Meziane
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Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR)

Ethnic emancipation and conflict escalation in Uganda

This article examines why the emancipation of ethnic groups has failed to address ethnic conflicts in Uganda. Successive Ugandan governments, especially the current regime of President Yoweri Museveni, have attempted to end the country’s history of ethnic strife by creating separate constituencies, separate districts and separate kingdoms for marginalised ethnic groups to free them from the domination of powerful ethnic groups.

Main Author: Dr. Yahya Sseremba
Publications: Staff

Ambivalent memories of imperial legacies: Asmara as ‘beautiful’ and ‘segregationist’ from Ethiopia

This paper discusses how the capital town of Eritrea, Asmara, is depicted alternately as Italian, Eritrean and Ethiopian thus showing the competing claims of ‘ownership’ that traverses its colonial and postcolonial histories and a multifaceted identity. It focuses specifically on how the Italian architecture of Asmara is depicted both as a sign of modernization and oppression.

Main Author: Netsanet Gebremichael Weldesenbet
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Taylor & Francis Online

The Coherence of Contradiction

In one of his traditions, the Prophet Muhammad, may peace be upon him, highlighted the power of words when he said, “Indeed, there is magic in eloquence.” Shahab Ahmed exhibits this magic when he charmingly advances a radically new way of understanding Islam in his 2016 book, What Is Islam? The Importance of Being Islamic. Ahmed sets out to establish Islam as “a historical and human phenomenon . . . in its plentitude and complexity” and hence to “conceptualize unity [in Islam] not in diversity but in the face of outright contradiction.”

Journal Name: Comparative Studies in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East
Main Author: Dr. Yahya Sseremba
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Duke University Press

The MISR Review No. 3

This issue appears more than a year after its scheduled publication. We have no alibis to offer, just an admission and a request that this be taken as an illustration of the continuing steep learn- ing curve at MISR.

Journal Name: MISR Review
Associated Authors: Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Haydée Bangerezako, Yahya Sseremba, Suren Pillay, Saleem Badat, Netsanet Gebremichael Weldesenbet
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Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR)