Ugandan President, Godfrey Binaisa, led the celebrations to mark the 17th anniversary of Ugandan intendance, on Tuesday (9 October).
SV & CU Tribal dancers and drummers perform (3 shots)
GV Presidential motorcade and motorcycle outriders arrive at airfield
SV Ugandan President, Godfrey Binaisa, gets out of car
GV National flags an CU President Binaisa at attention on dais with military officials (3 shots)
GV & SV Police and Prison officers Honour Guard march past
SV Children marching past
GV Troops watching parade
SV Uniformed boy scouts march past
SCU Troops watching
GV Squadrons of children march away
GV Military band marching past
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Background: Ugandan President, Godfrey Binaisa, led the celebrations to mark the 17th anniversary of Ugandan intendance, on Tuesday (9 October).
SYNOPSIS: A few thousand of Kampala's half a million inhabitants turned out for the celebrations at the spot where Britain's Duke of Kent handed the instruments of Independence to Prime Minister Milton Obote in 1962.
Roadblocks had been mounted by Tanzanian soldiers an police, with Uganda police officers checking the buses, taxis and cars driving into the city from outlying areas, an there were no incidents at the flag-raising ceremony at the Kololo airfield. It was attended by President Binaisa.
This is the first Independence Day since the overthrow of Idi Amin. President Binaisa, installed the previous day as Chancellor of Uganda's Makerere University, plans a world-wide appeal for aid to rebuild the University after the eight years of Idi Amin's rule as part of the Independence celebrations. Speaking at the degree awards, the President said that Uganda's education system had been seriously damaged under Idi Amin, and he accused the Amin regime of being "a bunch of illiterate buffoons who depised education".
Young Ugandans were prominent in the parades after the flag-raising ceremony.
Four days earlier, at the opening of Uganda's National Assembly. President Binaisa told the members that it is a remarkable achievement that Uganda has been able to return to a democratic system immediately after a fierce an protracted war. He gave the details of plans to build a new rail route of Ugandan exports through Tanzania, plans to re-build the tourist trade, and he said that the Ugandan Government welcomes foreign investors.