By Michael Twaddle

Yoweri Museveni battled to energy in 1986 and his executive inspired many observers, a few of whom suggested it as a version for different African states suffering to improve their assets within the top pursuits in their humans. yet the place used to be swap to begin and the way used to be it to proceed on the way to get to the bottom of the dilemmas dealing with Uganda? North the US: Ohio U Press; Uganda: Fountain PublishersBR>

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Edward Khiddu-Makubuya is a lawyer, currently teaching in the Faculty of Law at Makerere University; he is also a member of the Constitutional Commission. W. Kisamba-Mugerwa is Senior Research Fellow at Makerere Institute of Social Research and also a member of the National Resistance Council. K. Sarwar Lateef is Lead Economist for the Eastern Africa Department of the World Bank, Washington. Ali A. Mazrui is Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities, State University of New York at Binghamton.

Writing from the receiving end, as it were, Mugyenyi stresses the element of compulsion from the international side implicit in the whole exercise of imposing 'conditionalities' upon Uganda. As a result of what he characterizes as incompetence in negotiating with international financial institutions and also 'home-grown socio-political administrative disabling factors', Mugyenyi describes the NRM government as accepting its particular SAP without enthusiasm or very much prior dialogue with the IMF/World Bank but rather through a process of negotiation surely more accurately to be characterized as the diplomacy of mutual exhaustion.

Even more crucial than relations with neighbours in determining the viability of Uganda's latest SAP will be the level of future international donor support. Lateef suggests that one reason for the mixed results of SAPs in Uganda to date has been inadequate external support from the more important donor countries. One consequence is that Uganda still suffers from a huge foreign debt, which eats up about two-thirds of its current foreign exchange earnings in interest payments. Yet, as Mazrui comments, recent developments in Eastern Europe may well depress still further external donor interest in African countries such as Uganda, while high oil prices as a result of continuing turmoil in the Middle East may well make Uganda's economic situation even more onerous in the immediate future.

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