How does religion influence politics in Rwanda?

politics and society

You can find out everything about the culture and population of the two countries Uganda and Rwanda here!

Politics in Uganda

A presidential republic has existed in Uganda since 1991. The parliament is composed of 276 members, of whom 214 are elected and 62 are appointed by the President. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been president since the totalitarian system was overturned in 1986. The government is characterized by both democratic and totalitarian features. In fact, only Museveni's party is politically effective. However, in 2005 a large majority of the population advocated the gradual development of a multiparty system as proposed by Museveni.

Uganda's population

The Ugandan population, estimated at around 31.4 million people, has an annual population growth of 3.3%. The average age of the population is 15 years, two thirds of those over 15 can read and write, 98% have a primary education.

Language and Religion in Uganda

About 40% of Ugandans are Catholic, 35% Anglican, 12% are Muslim and about 12% belong to local, traditional religions. Both religious members regularly visit church and mosque and place the aspect of religion high in daily life. In addition to Swahili, English is also the national language. Otherwise, numerous Bantu languages ​​such as Buganda, Banyoro as well as West and East Nilotic languages ​​are common.

Customs and rules of conduct in Uganda

Apart from the capital Kampala, where there is a party district and many reggae clubs, visitors have to be prepared for a conservative Christian society in the country - this affects Christians as well as Muslim believers. Tourists are the least likely to attract attention in this type of clothing and are most likely to be taken seriously: women should wear long dresses in rural regions, perhaps based on the traditionally classic African style, men should not wear shorts - unless they are clearly tourist destinations.

Holidays in Uganda

01 JanNew Year
Jan 26Liberation Day
February MarchEid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice)
March 08International Women's Day
March AprilEaster
May 1stLabor Day
03 JunMartyrs Day
09 JunDay of heroes
Oct 09Independence day
November DecemberEid-al-Fitr (End of Lent)
December 25th and 26thChristmas

In addition to animal observation, this trip also offers visits to the National History Museum, the craft center or the genocide memorial in Kigali (Rwanda).

Politics and Society in Rwanda

Rwanda is a presidential republic. The current constitution was passed in a referendum in 2003 - political organizations were banned until 2003.
Most of Rwanda's eleven million people live in rural areas. The largest city with around 900,000 inhabitants is the capital Kigali in the center of the country.

Language and population of Rwanda

The population consists of the Hutu (approx. 85%), Tutsi (approx. 14%) and Twa (approx. 1%) ethnic groups. However, Rwanda is one of the few African countries where the population shares a common language and culture. The national language is Kinyarwanda, and English and French are also increasingly spoken.