President Yoweri Museveni will be sworn in as Uganda’s leader for the fifth time on May 12, 2016.
Thursday’s ceremony is estimated to cost at least Shs2.8bn
That is about Shs800m short of the 2011 ceremony that cost taxpayers Shs3.3bn.
This was revealed by the Minister for the Presidency and Kampala Frank Tumwebaze.
Tumwebaze told journalists today that at least 14 heads of state are expected to attend.
The ceremony will take place 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 President Elect, H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, and First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni will arrive at 10:40am.
Addressing a separate press conference, police boss Kale Kayihura urged Ugandans to remain vigilant as he announced restrictive traffic guidelines that will, among others, see traffic in and out of Entebbe diverted to the Entebbe-Kampala Express Highway to clear Entebbe Road.
On Thursday May 12, President Museveni, Ugandan president since 1986, is set to take oath into a fifth term that extends his 30 year rule and maintains him on the list of Africa’s longest serving leaders.