Prof. Dani Wadada Nabudere, 79, Joins the Ancestors
Prof. Dani Wadada Nabudere passes on
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 Executive Director of the Marcus Garvey Pan-Afrikan Institute, Mbale that has a collaborative arrangement with Mbale Islamic University in staff development, student and staff exchange.
The Crash of International Finance-Capital and its Implications for the Third World Dani Wadada Nabudere
Contemporary financial and economic meltdown
The Crash of International Finance-Capital and its Implications for the Third World was first published in 1989 in response to the financial crisis of 1987. Professor Nabudere's analysis of the causes of that crisis has extraordinary parallels with the contemporary financial and economic meltdown that has caused panic in the West and devastated the lives of millions in the Third World. Nabudere traces the historical evolution of money and finance-capital and demonstrates the inevitability of periodic crashes of finance-capital.
A Third World perspective
Although the first edition was published before the collapse of the Soviet Union, the analysis of the causes of the periodic crisis of capitalism is as relevant today as it was 20 years ago. In this second edition, Professor Nabudere provides an updated analysis of the crash of international finance-capital of 2007-08 and draws out the likely implications for the Third World, a perspective that has received little attention elsewhere.
Capitalism: an indefensible system
This book is a damning critique of a system that has paid trillions of dollars to bail out international banks and financial institutions, the very institutions that were responsible tor creating the crash, while the rest of humanity - especially the majority in the Third World - suffers its devastating consequences. Capitalism, Nabudere argues, has lost all moral and ethical claims to be a means for progress; it is, he believes, an indefensible system.
'Reading this abridged version again, as I first did in 1989 before its publication, is like reading history backwards. Professor Nabudere had predicted the crisis of the global financial system even as, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the West was riding triumphant and neoliberal globalisation was entering its mature phase.'
Yash Tandon, former executive director of the South Centre
Development theories, knowledge production and emancipatory practice Chapter in 'The development decade? economic and social change in South Africa, 1994–2004', Vishnu Padayachee