Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Prof. Dani Wadada Nabudere, 79, Joins the Ancestors

Prof. Dani Wadada Nabudere passes on

New Vision

FORMER Minister of Justice and also Minister of Culture, Community Development and Rehabilitation in UNLF interim government, Proffessor Dani Wadada Nabudere is dead. He died this morning at his home in Mbale

Nabudere, a Ugandan academic, author, political scientist and development specialist has been a professor at the Islamic University in Uganda and an Executive Director of the Marcus Garvey Pan-Afrikan Institute Mbale in Mbale.

Nabudere obtained LLB (London) degree in 1963 and was admitted as a barrister at law, Lincolns Inn, London, in the same year.

He was previously Associate Professor at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Visiting Professor at the University of Zimbabwe.

He was also th President of the African Association of Political Science from 1983 to 1985 and Vice-President of the International Science Association (IPSA) from 1985 to 1988

He was instrumental in organising the Moshi Unity Conference in 1979, which resulted in the formation of the post-Amin Uganda National Liberation Front (UNLF) Government in 1979. At the Moshi conference, he was elected secretary for the political and diplomatic commission and in that position he organised the first Mayumba Kumi cells, which were at the base of UNLF political organisation.

He was appointed Minister of Justice in the UNLF government under Professor Yusufu Lule and after Professor Lule's removal as Chairman of the UNLF, president Godfrey Binaisa appointed him minister of Culture, Community Development and Rehabilitation in July 1979 until 1980, when the Binaisa government was removed in a military coup staged by the Military Commission led by Paulo Muwanga, Oyite-Ojok and Yoweri Museveni.

Nabudere was a Constituent Assembly Delegate for Budadiri West, Mbale District. He was elected Secretary-General of the National Caucus for Democracy-NCD, which was formed in the Constituent Assembly to bring together delegates who wanted to promote a multiparty system of democratic governance as the basis of the new constitution.

Professor Nabudere was also Professor Emeritus attached to the Department of Political Science, in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science at the Islamic University in Uganda, Mbale. He was also Executive Director of the Africa Study Centre, Mbale that has a collaborative arrangement with Mbale Islamic University in staff development, student and staff exchange.

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