Uganda’s Second Coup: The Reassertion of Military Muscle (1985)
The events of the months immediately following the overthrow of Amin demonstrated that the military still lay at the forefront of political processes in Uganda. Whereas it might have been hoped that the return to an elected civilian government in December 1980 would de-emphasise the military and restore it to its professional role alone, the presence in a considerable part of the country of armed opposition to Obote’s administration called upon the Army to maintain internal security. Again the military was being required to act as arbiter in what was a dispute between political opponents; but as long as the guerrilla challenge to the administration existed, the government forces would continue to wield considerable power in the country.
KeywordsInternal Security Peace Accord Military Regime Military Coup Defence Force
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