Uganda Liberation Day

Uganda Liberation Day

January 26
Uganda has had a troubled history in the recent past, with European colonization followed by political and military unrest, several coups, and a succession of rulers, including the ruthless dictator Idi Amin. Uganda Liberation Day marks the events of January 26, 1986, when the military junta was overthrown by the National Resistance Army following a five-year civil war. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni assumed the presidency at that time. His reign has been marked by relative stability and economic growth, although marred by his intervention in the civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Museveni also faces a rebel movement in northern Uganda.
On the evening before celebration of Uganda Liberation Day, fireworks are exploded over the capital city of Kampala. The next day, a parade involving all branches of the Uganda military is held either at the Kololo Independence grounds or at the Kololo airfield, just outside Kampala. The country's president presides over the occasion. In 2004, the vice president of North Korea and an emissary from Libya were present at the celebration. Ugandan schoolchildren are normally bussed in for the day. Other festivities include a bull roast on the grounds of Makerere University. Throughout the country, the general public marks the day with sporting events and hearty feasts.
CONTACTS:
Embassy of the Republic of Uganda
5911 16th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20011
202-726-7100; fax: 202-726-1727
www.ugandaembassy.com
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