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Creating Dependency: Land and Gift-giving Practices in Uganda

Abstract : President Museveni's re-election in February 2011 demonstrated once more the skills of the Ugandan leader to remain in control ever since he took over power in 1986 heading a guerrilla movement. Some of the campaign themes dealt with land and administration, others with security and the role of the armed forces in bringing back peace to the country. Museveni's populist stance in favour of squatters, in places where user rights are threatened by the progress of individual titling, came out prominently. Actual gifts and many promises of money, land, new districts as well as offers of protection were made during the campaign. These were meant to foster moral indebtedness and political support for the regime and its leader, making it difficult to break off from such an uneven relationship. This paper focuses on the double-edged politics of dependency and protection in Uganda.
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Claire Médard. Creating Dependency: Land and Gift-giving Practices in Uganda. Journal of Eastern African Studies, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2013, 7 (3), pp.549-568. ⟨10.1080/17531055.2013.811027⟩. ⟨halshs-00876119⟩



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