Towards Independence in Africa: A District Officer in Uganda at the End of Empire

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Politics were often turbulent in African countries in the period leading to their independence in the 1950s and beyond. But for Ugandans and the Colonial Administration alike this was a time of hope and optimism — though fears for the future of the ‘Westminister Model,’ nurtured so carefully by the Colonial Administration, were never absent. Already there were dark clouds of future tragedy over the neighboring Congo and Rwanda.

Patrick Walker, who was a District Officer in the ...

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Overview

Politics were often turbulent in African countries in the period leading to their independence in the 1950s and beyond. But for Ugandans and the Colonial Administration alike this was a time of hope and optimism — though fears for the future of the ‘Westminister Model,’ nurtured so carefully by the Colonial Administration, were never absent. Already there were dark clouds of future tragedy over the neighboring Congo and Rwanda.

Patrick Walker, who was a District Officer in the region, draws on his vivid personal experience to illustrate both the hope and tragedy of that tempestuous time. Posted to Uganda in 1956, he served in both the Eastern and Western Provinces. His first experience of national politics was the General Election of 1958 and he played a leading role in organizing and supervising subsequent elections including, in his district, the Election of 1962.

However, despite an apparently tranquil march to independence and statehood, Uganda was not to escape Africa's turmoil. Independence in the Congo brought a flood of Belgian refugees into Uganda in 1960, followed by the Tutsis — the former dominant group in Rwanda — fleeing the Hutu majority following Rwanda’s independence in 1962. All these different groups had to be settled and administered, and Patrick Walker takes the reader to the heart of these tragedies — with ominous warnings of future ethnic and tribal conflict.

This is an important memoir which will be of the greatest possible interest to historians of Africa and the British Empire as well as of Uganda itself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848850194
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/15/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Walker caught the African bug in early boyhood in Kenya and after Oxford and the legendary Devonshire course for the Colonial Civil Service, he served in Uganda from 1956 to 1963. On leaving the Colonial Service he joined MI5 where he was Director-General from 1988 to 1992.

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Table of Contents

* Preface
• Family Background
• Malaya
• Kenya Childhood; KUR&H
• Preparatory School (Kenton College); Sickness; Sport; Crazes: Holidays
• Transition; King’s School Canterbury; Oxford
• Starting a Career; Devonshire Course 1; Voyage to Mombasa
• Teso District; Settling into work; Social Life; Servants; Soroti Township; Shopping; Safari; Sickness and Local Leave; Visit of the Aga Khan; Teso-Karamoja Border; Politics; Tax Riot; 1959; Climbing Napak; Thoughts at the end of Tour
• Long Leave* Ankole District: 1961 Work Pattern; Resettlement
• Refugees
• Politics and Religion; Elections
• Social Life and End of Tour; Voyage to the UK
• Conclusions
• Letter of resignation
• Annex 2: Guidance to ADCs on changes to the Constitution
• Annex 3: Handover notes of arms and ammunition
• Annex 4: 1985 letter from Uganda Army wives

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