The USA versus Uganda: Different Shades of the Same Democracy?

Will Donal J. Trump handover? Definitely but not without the ongoing embarrassment and indictment on the world’s oldest and the most enduring democracy. Although the most powerful press and their journalists use their influence and reach to dent the image of African nations and rubbish their democracy; Museveni, the Ugandan dictator took a swipe at CNN’s Amanpour in a recent interview. The country approaches the polls with the incumbent who has been in power since 1986 contesting against nine others. The Ugandan story does not sound like the ideal democracy but how do we describe its current version championed by the current President of the USA.

Apter (1995) described Uganda as a small landlocked British East African colony, which was like other African countries highly differentiated internally with existing political problems from the start and to which it was difficult to find appropriate frameworks that could contain or utilize the differentiations in positive ways. 

Although reputed for centuries and regardless of the source, democracy has become the most popular political framework across the globe, it is the platinum standard for politics and governance but the whole world may now need to understand that as standardized as the Western countries have projected it, there could be versions or shades to the framework.

Depending on which country is concerned, the political environments in question and the individual personalities involved, we can experience the African type of politicking and democracy in the USA or anywhere else. Regardless of parties or ideologies, the political players are first of all human beings whose interests often conflict and their emotions can run riot depending on levels of self-control and maturity of the different individuals.

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