Uganda's new President Godfrey Binaisa believes Ugandans will be able to vote at democratic elections within twenty-two months.
GV & LV Armed Tanzanian troops outside Parliament building in Kampala, Uganda.
GV Godfrey Binaisa, standing in Parliament building between soldiers.
SV Godfrey Binalsa's mother, seated.
SV & CU Godfrey Binaisa taking oath of presidency administered by Justice Wambuzi. (2 SHOTS)
SV Father (Priest) and mother of new President seated.
SV Binaisa and Justice Wambuzi sign and witness official document. (2 SHOTS)
SV & CU INTERIOR Binaisa giving press conference in English at his home. (11 SHOTS)
BINAISA: "I Godfrey Lukongwa Binaisa do solemnly swear that I will and truly exercise the functions of the high office of the President of the Republic of Uganda, without fear or favour, affection of ill-will, so help men God."
BINAISA: "You have seen how we have, how we have, how the Liberation forces have behaved with a sense of restraint, how there has been no loss of life in the face of great provocation and how we have proven that we mean what we say, when we say that our duty is to unite this country, to uphold the democratic process to protect fundamental human rights, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and association, and how we did it."
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Background: Uganda's new President Godfrey Binaisa believes Ugandans will be able to vote at democratic elections within twenty-two months. President Binaisa told Reuters on Saturday (23 June, 1979) that people should not lose sight of the fact that Uganda's twelve and a half million people have not voted for his government and that it would be in power for a maximum of two years. Dr. Binaisa was elected by the Ugandan National Liberation Front on Wednesday (20 June) to replace President Yusufu Lule. Members of the UNLF Consultative Council passed a vote of 'no confidence' in President Lule, reportedly because of what was regarded as his dictatorial manner.
SYNOPSIS: Tanzanian troops stood guard at the Parliament building in Kampala on Wednesday (20 June) before the new President was sworn-in. The ceremony went off smoothly. But troops were called in later on Wednesday night and Thursday (21 June) to quell demonstrations of protest in the capital, after President Binaisa's appointment was announced.
President binaisa said the demonstrations were organised by former government ministers. He said his government had not responded and wanted people to exercise their democratic rights.
President Binaisa's mother and father watched the swearing-in ceremony, administered by Chief Justice Wambuzi. President Binaisa last held public office in Uganda in 1967 when as Attorney-General he resigned because he opposed the manner by which President Milto Obote was proposing to change the country's constitution. President Binaisa is regarded as an outstanding lawyer and during his eight years voluntary exile during President Amin's rule, lived in New York.