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Post by sol_drethedon on Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:40 pm

(b) Document2: the proposal for national service
the measures which followed the charter, incorporated in number of other documents didn't improve matters. the proposal for national service envisaged the creation of camps which would constitute a 'miniature Uganda', in that all agricultural, animal husbandry and related activities, together with cultural activities, which might be found in any part of Uganda would be encouraged. the camps were to be 'centers in which basic training, increased production , national consciousness and the promotion and advancement of African culture will be undertaken'. Any person, irrespective of educational standard, could be called upon to do national service in any of these camps. Note again the emphasis on education, although it was at the same time demanded that 'every able bodied Ugandan' was to be obliged to do national service.

(c) Document3.
This document spelled out measures to create one public service, with a uniform salary structure for all government officers, district administrators and urban authorities, the teaching service, parastatals and that co-operatives, trade unions and even the UPC! Loans for cars were to be terminated, extra allowances eliminated, etc. To achieve these 'socialist' measures, the Trade Licensing Act was to be sped up to create a Ugandan entrepreneurial class, and the immigration Act required working permits for non-Ugandans; the aim of these was to get Kenyan workers and small traders expelled.

(d) Document 4: The Nakivubo pronouncements.
The Nakivubo pronouncements, which were made on labor day 1970, were intended to implement paragraphs 38-9 of the charter by nationalizing the national enterprises. It was a highly guarded document until the pronouncement. Not even the cabinet knew about it, for this was a one-man 'revolution for the masses'. . With immediate effect, the pronouncement declared, the government was assuming ownership of 60% of 84 major industries, which would include all oil companies, some industries, the Kilembe mines, banks, plantations, insurance and credit institutions and the Kampala and district bus services. Compensation was to be paid out of the earnings of the 60 per cent share to be held by government, within fifteen years. As we have already noted, these measures were not fully implemented by the time of the coup. Those which were implemented were on a compromise basis. This was the case with the oil monopolies, Shell/BP, Agip, Total etc, for whom shares were reduced to 50-50, Also Brooke Bond Tea, American Insurance and Grindlays Bank signed compromise accords less stringent than was demanded. As we have already shown, foreign capital actually increased immediately following the measures.

(e) Document 5
This document contained proposals for making Uganda 'more democratic' and more 'united'. The electoral system was to be overhauled. Every candidate with a 'basic constituency' in his 'home' area was to contest in three other national constituencies , one from each of the remaining provinces. The votes won in all the constituencies were to be counted as a whole, and those with the highest votes were to be elected. The proposals for the election of president were also spelt out in this document. These proposals created great controversy in the party. How could candidates campaign in four widely separated constituencies in a poor country like Uganda? What of the expenses involved?

to be continued

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