Since 1986 the National Resistance Movement government has scored remarkable achievements in all spheres of national life. These achievements have included the carefully planned and concerted process of democratization through the movement system. This process has entailed the empowerment of every section of society (including women, the youth and people with disabilities) to participate in all aspects of public life from the village to the national level.
Starting with the resistance council –based popular democracy, Uganda has completed the constitution making process (1989-95), held the 1996 presidential and parliamentary elections as well as the local council elections of 1998. Under the NRM leadership, Uganda has risen from the ashes of 1985 -86 to become the model of economic transformation and democratization in sub- Saharan Africa.
In people’s Choice, People’s Power, Tarsis B. Kabwegyere analyses the basics of democracy and traces the roots and development of the struggle for democratization and freedom culminating in the NRM victory against dictatorship in 1986. He shows how the NRM has enabled the people of Uganda to construct a people centered and a people driven democratic system. People’s choice and power has now been enshrined in the 1995 constitution.
Professor Kabwegyere points out that although the road to democracy has been paved with many challenges, the internalization of democratic values and practices as well as the building of democratic institutions has gained an irreversible momentum. He argues that since 1986 an era of people’s power has begun on the African political scene.
Content; What is democracy? – The Democratic Context: An Historical Overview –The Momentum for Democratic Transformation- The Metamorphosis of civil society – The Politics of Fundamental Change –Participatory Democracy –The Electoral Process –The Politics of Emancipation –Constitution Making: A case of Democratic Social engineering- Decentralization and Democratic Governance –The Future of Democracy –Bibliography –Index