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In Milton Obote, Kenneth Ingham examines the contribution of one of Africa's most controversial leaders towards the establishment of a united and democratic Uganda. Ingham shows that many of Obote's motives have been misrepresented by his political opponents. He has been labeled a tyrant and as a dictator no better than Idi Amin.
This important biography shows that the lack of a strong ethnic power base has left Obote vulnerable to attack from the powerful kingdom of Buganda. Kenneth Ingham traces Obote's return to power and his subsequent second overthrow by opponents who believed that Uganda could be united only through military force and who blamed Obote for all of the country's ills.
The book shows that Uganda, although one of the best endowed African countries in climate and natural resources, suffered grievously because of profound cultural and constitutional differences between the ethnic groups that make up its population base.