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Mutesa II

(1924—1969) king of Buganda


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(b. 19 Nov. 1924, d. 21 Nov. 1969).

Kabaka of Buganda 1939–66; President of Uganda 1962–6 He attended King's College, Budu, and succeeded his father as Kabaka of the Buganda people while still a minor. He became active in the affairs of state after completing his studies at Cambridge. Although at first unpopular because of his exuberant lifestyle, he became a national hero for standing up to the British and their plans for an eastern African federation. As his endorsement became necessary for political success, Obote formed an alliance with him, whereupon he became Uganda's first President. He now occupied a dual role, as President of all Uganda, and as leader of the territory of the Buganda within it. His sympathies lay with his tribe, which enabled Obote to depose him and take up the presidency himself. He wrote his autobiography, Desecration of my Kingdom (1967), in exile in London. He died of alcohol poisoning.

Subjects: World History — Contemporary History (Post 1945).


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