Uganda is Uganda because the first foreigners to visit Buganda pronounced the kingdom as 'Uganda' rather than Buganda. That was the first Buganda factor in Uganda politics. Because the imperial power made Buganda the central point of their administration in the Uganda protectorate, everything political, economic and educational - revolved around Buganda which dominated the affairs of Uganda.
This was the case until Uganda's independence in 1962 when contrary to all expectations, Buganda lost its leadership of Uganda to political forces dominated by non-baganda. This book highlights the extent to which Buganda has been a factor in the politics of Uganda and how it remains the key region for the development and stability of Uganda.
Phares Mukasa Mutibwa was born in July 1936 in Bulemezi county, now part of Luwero district in the former kingdom of Buganda, and educated at Ndejje Secondary School, King’s College Budo and Makerere University. He has a PhD from the University of Sussex, England. He is currently a member of the Uganda Constitutional Commission. Besides articles in learned journals, Professor Mutibwa is the author of The Malagasy and the Europeans (Longman, 1974) and African Heritage and the New Africa (East African Literature Bureau, 1977), and co-author of A Century of Christianity in Uganda, 1877—1977(Uzima Press, 1978). Since 1975 he has been a member of UNESCO’s International Scientific Committee for its General History of Africa, contributing a chapter on Madagascar to Volume VI.