Uganda Celebrates its 58th Independence day
Uganda Celebrates its 58th Independence day since 1962: October 9th marks the historical day when the Republic of Uganda gained her independence from Britain. This year, the East African country will be celebrating its 58th independence day and is considered a national public holiday.
Independence Day in Uganda is always largely celebrated in the country with large numbers of its citizens converging at Namboole Stadium, which is Uganda’s national stadium and the biggest in the country.
Uganda Independence Day Celebrations.
Uganda Independence Day Celebrations are mainly celebrated at Kololo ceremonial grounds, presided over by the president of Uganda H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Other Heads of State are also invited to celebrations.
Uganda celebrates its independence day with a military parade which officiated by the president. Celebrations are held throughout the country and activities are designed to promote the nation of Uganda– especially highly productive industries in the country like Tourism, Trade and Agriculture.
The celebrations are later graced with performances from some artists in the country, and there are also demonstrations of native dance and cultural celebrations. These celebrations include traditional foods and drinks with many in attendance wearing traditional clothing.
The Ugandan flag, which is prominent at all celebrations, is a demonstration of pride in the nation. The Grey crowned crested crane which is the national emblem of Uganda is drawn on the national flag of Uganda with its leg pointing forward, which symbolizes that the country is moving forward regardless of the challenges it may face.
Brief History on Uganda’s gain of Independence.
Uganda gained her independence from Britain on October 9 1962. However, the country was only a parliamentary democratic state with Queen Elizabeth II of England remaining as Head of State. The kingdoms of Buganda, Bunyoro, Toro and Ankole received federal status and a degree of autonomy. Milton Obote, the leader of the socialist Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) became the first prime minister of Uganda.
Later in 1963, Uganda became a republic with Buganda’s King Mutesa II becoming the first president of the Republic of Uganda.
This Year’s Theme.
On Friday 9th October 2020, Uganda will be celebrating her 58th Independence Day under the theme; “Celebrating Uganda’s steady progress towards economic take-off and self-sustaining economic growth.” However, this year Uganda will be celebrating her independence day virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic which has hit the world by storm.
Celebrations for this year’s Independence Day will be held virtually with live streams on various television news channels in the country, as well as on some radio stations.
More than half of the current population was not yet born in 1962, thus it is important that we are reminded of the origin struggle for independence and the people who played an important role in the fight for Uganda’s Independence.
Uganda was crowned as the ‘Pearl of Africa’ by Winston Churchill in his book titled ‘My African Journey’ which was published in 1908. This beautiful East African country has lived up to her name; with its dense, misty forests, snow-peaked mountains, glassy lakes and sprawling savannah landscapes. It is no wonder that majority of tourists travelling on a safari to Africa will not miss out on the opportunity to explore Uganda.
Places to visit on your Uganda safari.
Some of the interesting places for tourists to visit on your Uganda Safari include; Ziwa Rhino and wildlife sanctuary, Murchison falls national park, Kidepo valley national park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Bwindi Impenetrable national park which is home to half the world’s population of Mountain gorillas.
Other interesting national parks that you can visit during your safari in Uganda include; Lake Mburo national park, Kibale national park, Semuliki national park, Mgahinga Gorilla national park, and Mount Elgon and Rwenzori Mountains national parks.
Activities that you can do during your stay in Uganda.
There is quite a lot that tourists can do while on holiday in Uganda, and some of these interesting activities include; gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable national park, chimpanzee tracking in Kibale national park, golden monkey tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla national park, Lion Tracking Experience in Queen Elizabeth national park, Guided game drives, sport fishing, boat cruises, bird watching and community cultural tours to mention but a few.
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Come and experience the Pearl of Africa as Uganda Celebrates its 58th Independence day !!!