Uganda's new President Godfrey Binaisa believes Ugandans will be able to vote at democratic elections within twenty-two months.
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.