By John Kibirige
Today October 9,2012 ,Uganda is celebrating its 50 independence anniversary.On October 9,1962 the British flag – Union Jack – was lowered and the new Uganda flag hoisted to take its place in a historic event that took place at Kololo airstrip in Kampala.
The late Milton Obote became the country’s first Prime Minister and was given the instruments of power by a Queen’s representative.
Uganda which is the pearl of Africa becomes the third of the five East African Community (EAC) nations to mark 50 years of its independence.
Rwanda and Burundi clocked 50 three months back on July 1, and now Uganda has followed suit.
Several activities preceded the major celebrations of Uganda’s golden jubilee at Kololo.On Sunday , Ugandans had fun at the Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) carnival .The bash attracted the old and young, who are clad in all kinds of colourful costumes .The function was opened by the Executive Director of Kampala City Council Authority, Ms Jennifer Musisi.
Activities at the bash included ; face and body painting, fireworks,street festival, live and cultural performance, giant floats, colourful costumes, food and drinks and many more.
Major celebrations have already kicked off at Kololo Independence grounds.80,000 people are expected to attend celebrations to mark Uganda’s 50 years of independence.
Presidents who have joined Uganda’s golden Jubilee include ; South Sudan President Salva Kiir, President Joseph Kabila of Congo, Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi ,Yahaya Jammeh of Gambia, Joyce Banda of Malawi, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Mwai Kibaki of Kenya, Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania ,Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe among other delegates.
The Duke of Kent Prince Edward is also in Uganda to attend the Golden Jubilee celebrations.
President Yoweri Museveni who has ruled Uganda for 26 years will preside over dignitary studded celebrations at the freshly refurbished Kololo Independence Grounds. Opposition leader Kizza Besigye and his allies, on the other hand, will be trying to continue with parallel functions and protests in Kampala and elsewhere, although their activities have already been banned by the police.