Teso War 1986-1992: Causes and consequences is an account of the civil war that Teso sub-region for the better part of a decade. The account is by someone who accepted Ugandan president’s request that he suspend his professorial duties and take up the daunting challenge of heading a team set up to bring peace to a region that had just become impoverished and that felt humiliated. The team was named the Teso Peace Commission. The book provides a crucial historical perspective on the political crises that have bedeviled Uganda. It analyses the causes of the rebellion, and gives insights in to the genesis and evolution of the Uganda People’s Army, the main rebel outfit. It discusses the peace moves made by the Ugandan government. It further discusses the outcome of the peace effort and the commission’s tribulations. It describes the dangers that the commissioners exposed themselves to in the course of their duties and the strenuous effort they made to build trust and confidence in their mission. The book question the justification for the war.
Teso War is an important book that everyone who is interested in the causes of rebellion and war, their consequences, and possible solution to them should have.
Justin Epelu-Opio is a professor of veterinary Anatomy in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Makerere University and was a long-serving Vice-chancellor of the same institution. He was the pioneer chairman of the pioneer Chairman of the Presidential Commission for Teso. He comes from Soroti district.
Epelu-Opio has a bachelor of veterinary Medicine and a Master of science from the University of Nairobi and a PhD from Makerere University. In addition to teaching, he has also worked as a senior Scientific Officers with the National Council for Scientific Research.