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The visiting heads of State arrived Wednesday, joining the King of Lesotho Letsi III and the Prime Minister of Swaziland Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini who jetted into the country yesterday.
The leaders inspected guards of honour on arrival at Entebbe International Airport.
They were entertained by traditional dancers as part of a state reception.
Held under the theme ‘A firm foundation built for Uganda’s steady progress’, the inauguration will be graced by foreign leaders, diplomats, government officials and the general public.
Presidency Minister Frank Tumwebaze told press in Kampala on Monday that 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 representatives 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, 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. It’s 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,” said Tumwebaze.
“All Ugandans therefore, 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 our 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.
The February 18 election results were challenged in the Supreme Court by presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi.
Court would later unanimously rule that Museveni was validly elected as president.
The swearing in ceremony will begin by the Chairman Electoral Commission, Dr. Eng. Badru Kiggundu 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 honor before introducing the visiting Heads of State and addressing the public.
The President will then host the visiting delegations for State luncheon at the Commonwealth Speak Resort, Munyonyo.