The dynamics of political leadership and democracy in Uganda, 1962-2011: A Case study of Kabale District
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It is difficult to imagine Political leadership without a healthy democracy or a healthy democracy without effective political leadership. This main objective of the study was to analyze the relationship between political leadership and democracy in Uganda, and, identifies transformational leadership as an outcome from the different actors, in a historical context. Data collection comprised of both Primary and secondary; the researcher’s primary data collection methods included the use of questionnaire and focused group discussion. A total of 150 respondents participated in the study. The research was done in Kabale District argues that political leadership and democracy, can facilitate good governance, free and fair elections, equal participation, people’s freedoms, and foster transformational leadership in the process. Kabale District which is at the centre of the study has been affected by historical events, as they, have on the national scene. It indicates that while the formation of political parties for leadership and democracy is visited on the national scene, Kabale had similar actors at both the national and local scene. The following were the findings: That Political leaders must understand the needs and values of citizens to help them realize the achievements of a democratic setting. It argues that political leaders must be decisive in shaping the development of the country in instituting democratic patterns, processes and systems. Fundamental factors like good governance, participation, regular free and fair elections, society participation in decision making and respect of people’s choices must be upheld and maintained, as the conclusion indicates. Political leaders must strive to understand the needs and values of the citizens whom they choose to lead, and must realize that leadership is voluntary. The thesis also argues that In order to achieve liberal democracy, where freedom for all can be exercised, where effective leadership can prevail, where there is a choice rather than coercion, where the common will and the common good prevail.