Colonial Rule in Uganda

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Colonisation can be understood as the policy of acquiring or settling in a new country but remaining under the rule of home land or home country. As far as the question is concerned, this study is going to address the settlement of the British in Uganda, acquiring it as a colony but remaining under rule of Britain. This will further address the issue such as the reasons to why the British colonised Uganda, the measures they used to administer colonisation as well as the effects that resulted from colonisation, not forgetting the present day issues and problems that resulted from colonisation.

When was the area colonised and who by?The process of colonisation in Uganda by the British started during the reign of Kabaka Mutesa 1 of Buganda from 1856-1884 when he welcomed the explores, as well as the missionaries but Uganda was clamed a British protectorate in 1894. Buganda as a kingdom played a significant role in the colonisation of Uganda as a whole country due to its central location as well as its way of administration which was almost similar to that of the British.

Buganda kingdom was headed by the king (Kabaka) and under him were the chiefs so this was similar to the role British which was a monarchy.

Full administration of Uganda as a colony was complete after the signing of the 1900 Buganda agreement with Sir Harry Johnston the commissioner of Uganda representing the colonial government. The agreement resulted into dividing the land , the Kabaka and his chiefs up taking one half of the land commonly known as the mile land because it was measured in miles and the other half was taken by the British and this was called the crown land.

Why was the country colonised?It is important to note that the...