Anarchism & revolutionary syndicalism in East Africa
Anarchist movements and ideas have recently started to appear, for perhaps the first
time ever in East Africa. In 2000, anarchists in the West first heard of the "Uganda Anarchist
Democratic Forces", or UADF, an armed group based in Western Uganda, which has launched
numerous attacks against the military government. The first announcements of a sub-delegate
of this group, were generally treated with skepticism by Western anarchists, and indeed many
questions remain about anarchism in Uganda and its links to the ADF. However, more recently Ugandan
anarchists have distributed several mails on the Internet which make it quite clear that they are
genuine, although their links to the armed groups remain very unclear.
Elsewhere in East Africa, there are other encouraging developments. In Kenya, the radical
student movements which have opposed the dictatorship of president Moi, one of the worlds great
thieves, have purportedly developed an interest in anarchist ideas, and there are several Kenyans
on the anarchy_africa mailing list. The South African WSF established contact with anarchists in Tanzania.