1st Edition

The Rwenzururu Movement in Uganda
Struggling for Recognition

ISBN 9780367594275
Published August 13, 2020 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Origins and Overview

3., Outburst and Early Engagements of the Movement 1962-67

4. Rwenzururu Engagements: A Regional Breakdown

5. Shifting Aims and Priorities: From Ethnic Protest and Secession to the Demand for Recognition of Rwenzururu Kingship

6. Rwenzururu Songs: Musical Form and Political Tones –with Peter Cooke

7. Conclusion: Rwenzururu in Retrospect

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