The Power of Oil Charting Uganda's Transition to a Petro-State

"The report investigates the political impacts that oil is likely to have on Uganda. It argues that oil production will have transformative effects on Uganda’s local, national and regional political relations. To better understand these impacts, the report attempts to contextualise oil developments within a historical perspective. Since gaining independence from colonial rule in 1962, Uganda’s military forces have played a significant role in politics. This is evidenced by a history of military-led coups, and by the survival in office of several postindependence presidents being dependent on creating a support base in the defence forces. In addition to the role the military has played in politics, the country has experienced several cases of armed insurgency and civil war."