Ugandan wants new flag, presidency to rotate per region


Lubega’s version of the national flag


A Ugandan citizen has proposed that the current national flag be changed to reflect unity.

Isaac Lubega appeared in Parliament Tuesday afternoon and gave his views to the Legal committee as part of the Constitutional Amendments.

The current flag has six equal horizontal bands of black (top), yellow, red, black, yellow, and red (bottom); a white disc is superimposed at the centre and depicts the national symbol, a grey crowned crane, facing the hoist side.

While the crested crane is standing on one leg in the “old” flag, Lubega makes his crane fly away.

He adds another box with a big red star in the centre and several other black ones forming a circle around it.

According to Lubega, the red stars and compass symbolizes the brilliant spirit of nationalism and leadership rotation.

The 15 black stars symbolise the spirit of unity and ownership, nationhoodness and oneness.

The white and the flying crane symbolize pure character of prosperity, Uganda being purified by blood of God.

“The black symbolises redemption and patriotism, yellow symbolises righteousness and stability while the red colour symbolises confidence and development,” Lubega told Parliament.

The flag of Uganda was adopted on 9 October 1962, the date that Uganda became independent from the United Kingdom.

The three colours are representative of African peoples (black), Africa’s sunshine (yellow), and African brotherhood (red being the colour of blood, through which all Africans are connected).


Old versus New


The current flag was designed by Grace Ibingira.

Each region gets chance to have a president

He further proposed that the president “shall be elected by only district electoral colleges or district council members”.

“The presidency shall rotate geographically in four parts of Uganda: central, eastern, western and northern,” he suggested.

He said this will be under the regional political system of governance, as opposed to multi party.

Since Independence, Uganda has changed presidents many times coming from different regions.

The Buganda Kabaka (King) Edward Muteesa II who held the largely ceremonial position of President at Independence hailed from central Uganda.

His successor Milton Obote also first executive Prime Minister came from northern Uganda.

Idi Amin Dada was believed to hail from northwestern, Yusuf Lule from central, Godfrey Binaisa from central, Paulo Muwanga from central, the Okello brothers (Olara-Okello and General Tito Okello) from northern and Yoweri Museveni from western Uganda.

Lubega wants each region to get a chance and have their own President leading Uganda for a term of office.


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