This article seeks to explore the root causes of sociopolitical violence in Uganda and the Great Lakes
Region. It excludes domestic and urban violence although such violence is mainly fueled by social,
political and economic factors.
There cannot be one cause but a multiplicity of causes of sociopolitical violence. The causes are not
mutually exclusive and are, therefore, interconnected. Between 1957 and now there has been a lot
of sociopolitical violence related to leadership and governance in Uganda in particular and the Great
Lakes region in general. Most of the violence has been in form of armed conflict, but some has been
in form of mental torture, land grabbing, denials of all types, stealing of mineral wealth of others,
exclusion from education, health, food sufficiency, clash of civilizations, greed, selfishness, and
exclusion from opportunities such as employment, participation in governance and leadership by a
few self-interested individuals.