By Mirembe Martina
Prince Edward is standing in for Queen Elizabeth II who is not able to make it.
They are bound to visit a UK government sponsored project in Masindi today as they wait for the celebrations.
Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth II’s first cousin handed over the instruments of power to the then Prime Minister of Uganda, Milton Obote when Uganda attained its independence in 1962. He was also born
on October 9, 1935.
The celebrations will be held under the theme, “50-year Journey since Independence (1962- 2012): A Good Foundation for Social and Economic Transformation.”
A state banquet for all the special dignitaries will be held on Monday after all dignitaries arrive in the country at Entebbe State house.
The newly elected presidents of Egypt (Mohamed Morsi) and Somalia (Hassan Mohamud) are among the heads of state who have confirmed attendance of the commemorative event.
The 15 countries whose heads of state will come to Uganda include Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Egypt, Somalia, Congo Brazzaville, Central African Republic, Malawi, Gambia, and Benin.