Fourteen Presidents Expected for Swearing-in Ceremony

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The Minister for the Presidency Frank Tumwebaze says government has invited and expects Heads of State from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kingdom of Lesotho, South Sudan, Tanzania, Mali, Togo, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Swaziland, China, Nigeria, and Russian Federation.

Fourteen Heads of State are expected to attend the swearing in ceremony of President Yoweri Museveni due to take place this Thursday May 12.

The Minister for the Presidency Frank Tumwebaze says government has invited and expects Heads of State from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kingdom of Lesotho, South Sudan, Tanzania, Mali, Togo, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Swaziland, China, Nigeria, and Russian Federation.

Two former presidents Ali Hassan Mwinyi of Tanzania and Mwai Kibaki of Kenya are also expected to attend the ceremony due to take place at Kololo airstrip. Tumwebaze says Rwanda, India, Japan and Germany will send representatives.

"This swearing in ceremony is a statement and a confirmation of the people's will. All Ugandans therefore, are invited to Kololo Ceremonial Grounds to witness this momentous occasion in our democratic process," Tumwebaze told a press conference in Kampala early today.

Meanwhile, Tumwebaze warns opposition groups against making attempts to ruin the swearing in ceremony. He says all former presidential candidates, including Dr Kizza Besigye have been invited to grace the occasion.
 
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The swearing in ceremony will be held under the theme "a firm foundation built for Uganda's steady progress."

The event will begin with a proclamation introducing to the public the President Elect by the Chairman of the Electoral Commission Dr Badru Kiggundu followed by the administration of the Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of the President presided over by the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe.

The Chief Registrar will then guide the President into taking and signing the Oath of Allegiance and Oath of President before he is presented with the instruments of power which include; the Constitution, the National Flag, the Presidential Standard flag, the National Anthem, the National Court of Arms and the Seal.

 

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“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

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He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.