In this issue, John Ntambirweki brings us the second part of that article of his about the Nile Water and Uganda’s state in them. What we said then in respect of it in relation to Uganda and Ugandan remains as pertinent now, as it was then. The need to be informed about these very important resources that nature has bestowed upon them remains urgent and overwhelming.
Philip W. Rossman’s article on some aspect of constitutional problems in the creation of new districts in Uganda is still timely. It links well with, and continues the debate launched by J. Oloka Onyango in the last issue of the journal.
In a way, even Gingyera- Pincywa’s contribution on the status and prestige of parliament in East Africa belongs in that bracket of topics. The treatment is initially quite broad- based in that couched in terms of all the three former British East African countries, but it eventually tapers off into a discussion of the precarious position of parliament – or should it be parliament? – In Uganda.
Dr. Balam Nyeko’s re-visit of Obote theme in Uganda’s historiography will, no doubt, raise some people’s eye- brows, because of Obote’s controversial position in Ugandan politics. Controversies, however, are the lubricant that makes intellectual progress possible. It was therefore, not at all a taxing decision to include it here.
Apart from requiting our curiosity about the enigmatic history figure that appears in our historical texts as Emin Pasha, Dr. Volker Reihl’s article has its own intrinsic value as an academic piece of work in relation to that particular period when the entity we know today as Uganda was still enshrouded in that legal, geographical and historical imprecision about its identity as prompted him to present Emin Pasha as one of those who did contribute to the creation of our modern Uganda. Doubting Thomes have the editors’ humble encouragement to entertain their doubt about that claim on the behalf of Emin Pasha. But all opinions and reaction on the matter will be welcome in the journal.
Justine Zake’s contribution does not entirely take us away from the controversial world of politics and history, considering the political restlessness which Uganda has had over this matter, all of which he describes and addresses quite well, really. But it does also usher us into the very important and very important and very material world of economics and public finance in Uganda today. Given our very massage familiarity with the VAT innovation in Uganda, readers, particularly those here in Uganda, could not have been more aptly blessed than they are, in my view, by Zake’s interpretation, considering the interpreter’s standing in relation to this all important matter of Uganda.
Dr. Peter Cowley erects his treatment on the view of a professor who once said to him that those who forget history are deemed to repeat it, a remark I very much agree with. But his contribution is important from yet another perspective. It is, indeed, rendered in a historical mould, but it takes its spring from the realms of the natural and Biological Sciences, reams toward which we keep hankering for contributions to this journal. We thus welcome it even more for that very reason. We continue to yearn for more contributions from those quarters.
Finally, there is Thomas Ofcansky’s contribution, the Uganda Bibliography, 1988/89. Many researchers will, no doubt, find it invaluable. But it should also help others whose works of the period do not feature in it to contact us. Equally, now that Ofcansky has established and confirmed his willingness to render his services for this praiseworthy cause, it should prompt writers to notify him of works they are producing or about to produce, so that, through this Bibliography, they are brought to the attention of re-searchers, buyers, and reviewers of books throughout the world.
Under NOTES we have highlighted the views, suggestions and hopes of people actively involved in the cause of women liberation. All the authors had participated in the Beijing Conference of 1995, and were eager to share their impressions with other people who did not get that opportunity. We have, also under Notes, included some nuggets from an important and innovative publication, Uganda Almanac. Finally, we have also included here what should have been a letter by Professor J. Bibangambah to the Editor, but is far too substantial to be marginalized by being put in that category.
Our section on Book Reviews is much shorter than in previous issues. This is probably a reflection of the pace of the book production industry in the country. It does, nevertheless, bring the readers some very important and interesting title.
Last but not least, that we have a few letters to the editor. These give us the re-assurance that we are not communicating in vain. Future issues should see more of these.
I now avail myself of this opportunity to reveal that this will be the last issue – at least for the time being- under my editorial management. As we were going to press, new election in the society took place. I shall now move “upstairs” as the President of the Uganda Society, which post cannot be reasonably held jointly with that of the Editor. I am glad, nevertheless, to re- assure readers that I have been replaced by Mr. Dent Ocaya – Lakidi, Senior Lecture in Makerere’s department of political science and public Administration and one of the most able and most serious- minded Ugandan I have come across in the course of my many years of public and academic life in this country. The Journal is thus, very happily, passing into a most capable hand.
A.G.G. GINGYERA- PINYCWA