The Rwenzururu Movement in Uganda: Struggling for Recognition

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Routledge, Oct 24, 2017 - Political Science - 246 pages

This book provides a comprehensive account and analysis of the Rwenzururu movement in Western Uganda. The movement began in the 1960s in the Rwenzori region of Toro District, and was a protest by the minority Bakonzo and Baamba ethnic groups against their continued discrimination and incorporation in the Batoro-dominated kingdom-district. In the course of the years this movement experienced various significant transformations, and in the end came to demand recognition of Rwenzururu’s claimed semi-traditional kingship within Uganda.

Martin Doornbos illuminates how the Rwenzururu came to life. He documents and analyses the transformations that the movement has undergone, and shows how the Ugandan government responded to, and eventually accepted, the movement while igniting continuing enmity and violence in the process.


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List of figures
Origins and overview
Eruption and Early Engagements of the Movement
Deepening Crisis and Stalemate
A regional perspective
The Rwenzururu Kingship Question and Its Aftermath
The Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu and the Museveni regime
Continuing efforts for recognition
Rwenzururu Songs

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About the author (2017)

Martin Doornbos is Professor Emeritus at the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, the Netherlands.

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