African leaders coming for Museveni swearing-in

Mugabe, Museveni, and Kagame — seen here witnessing the handover of power in Tanzania

Mugabe, Museveni, and Kagame — seen here witnessing the handover of power in Tanzania

The Swearing in ceremony of the President Elect HE Yoweri Kaguta Museveni will take place on Thursday May 12, 2016 at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds under the theme ‘A firm foundation built for Uganda’s steady progress.

Government has invited and expects a number of Heads of State including those 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.

Countries that will send representative are Rwanda, India, Japan, Germany and other guests from East African Community.

The program will begin at 7:00am with the arrival of invited guests who include out-going and in-coming members of parliament, political party leaders, former presidential candidates, delegations from all the districts, members of the diplomatic corp., religious leaders, traditional and cultural leaders, members of the academia, and the business community among others.

The President Elect, H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, and First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni will arrive at 10:40am.

“This swearing in ceremony is a statement and a confirmation of the people’s will,” said presidency minister Frank Tumwebaze in a statement.

He added: “Its the final destination of a journey that was launched on 3rd of November 2015, when the independent electoral commission of Uganda nominated different candidates vying for the office of President.”

Tumwebaze said all Ugandans are invited to Kololo Ceremonial Grounds to witness this momentous occasion in our democratic process.

There will be performances from several cultural and entertainment groups to bring out the beauty of Uganda’s rich national heritage.

This is the 5th presidential election held in Uganda through Universal adult suffrage. The other four were in 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011. Before 2006, elections were held under the movement system namely the Movement system.

Procedure of swearing-in

The swearing in ceremony will begin by the Chairman Electoral Commission, Dr. Eng. Badru Kigguundu inviting and introducing to the public the President Elect through reading a proclamation.

He will then invite the Chief Justice, His Lordship Bart Magunda Katureebe to administer the Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of President to the President Elect.

President Elect will be guided into taking and signing the Oath of Allegiance and Oath of President by the Chief Registrar.

Thereafter, the Chief Justice will present to the President 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.

Thereafter the President will take the Presidential Salute, inspect a Guard of honour before introducing the visiting Heads of State and addressing the public.

Thereafter HE the President will host the visiting delegations for State luncheon at the Commonwealth Speak Resort, Munyonyo.

Members of the Public and all invited guests will be served drinks and lunch.

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