TODAY UGANDA MARKS 47 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE FROM BRITISH RULE


The theme for this year’s Independence Day celebrations is: “Unity, a key factor in protecting Uganda’s destiny and independence.”

The theme was chosen because of the recent divisions in the country, said the Minister for the Presidency, Beatrice Wabudeya.

Uganda has known eight presidents since the British Union Jack was lowered and the Ugandan flag hoisted, some of them lasting for only a couple of months.

The first post-colonial president was the Kabaka of Buganda, Sir Edward Muteesa II. He was ousted by Milton Obote, who in turn was overthrown by his army commander, Idi Amin Dada, in 1971.

When Amin’s brutal dictatorship fell in 1979, Prof. Yusuf Lule and Godfrey Lukongwa Binaisa had brief tenures.
Disputed elections were held in 1980 that made Obote bounce back. His second term lasted for five years. He was toppled by Gen. Tito Okello Lutwa in July 1985.

Lutwa’s junta was short lived. It was swept away in January 1986 by Yoweri Museveni after his National Resistance Army waged a five-year guerrilla war. And upto date He is the President of Republic of Uganda.
For the last two decades, Uganda has seen relative stability and development, characterized by economic growth, increased revenues from taxes and a growing GDP.

Real GDP per capita has tripled in the last 20 years, according the UN Human Development Report, from $515 in 1987 to $1,454 in 2005.

Several VIPS have attended the celebrations and among of them are Southern Sudan President Salva Kiir and Liberian President Sir leaf Johnson as well as ministers, MPs, civil servants, religious and traditional leaders and diplomats.
Over 80 medals of Nakibaale and Luwero triangle have been awarded to the civilians for their effort to get rid of the foreign rule.

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