The Role of New Information and Communication Technologies (NICTs) in the Relations between the Central Government and Four Major Kingdoms in Uganda

The Role of New Information and Communication Technologies (NICTs) in the Relations between the Central Government and Four Major Kingdoms in Uganda

George Musambira (University of Central Florida, USA) and Samuel Muwanguzi (University of North Texas, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-591-9.ch004
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Abstract

The role NICTs are playing in the relations between Uganda’s central government and four of the kingdoms in the country is analyzed and placed in the historical context within which each kingdom has pursued a strategy for preservation and development of its people’s unique culture and ethnic aspirations. A convergence of cellular phone and FM radio designed by the Buganda kingdom to confront the central government with specific demands and the government’s response are examined. The less combative use of NICTs by Bunyoro-Kitara, Busoga, and Toro kingdoms is described. An analysis of how each antagonist uses NICTs for a hegemonistic agenda is presented and cast against the application of NICTs for good governance and the prosperity of citizens.
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Background

In order to put the contentious relations between Mengo and the central government in perspective, a historical review of the genesis of this conflict is apropos. The conflict dates back to Uganda’s pre-colonial era when Buganda kingdom emerged as one of the most powerful states in East and Central Africa, with a highly organized and superior system of government.

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