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    DR. MILTON OBOTE WAS SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT OF UGANDA ON APRIL 15TH, UNDER A?

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    THE FORMATION OF DR. OBOTE'S FIRST GOVERNMENT, GENERAL ELECTION ACTIVITIES THAT LED UP TO IT; HIS PREDECESSOR AS PRIME MINISTER, MR. BENEDICTO KIWANUKA, AND THE LONDON CONSTITUTIONAL CONFERENCE THAT DR. OBOTE ATTENDED AS LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION. INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS IN OCTOBER 1962, WHEN THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF KENT REPRESENTED QUEEN ELIZABETH; SIR EDWARD MUTESA, KABAKA OF BUGANDA, WHO BECAME UGANDA'S FIRST PRESIDENT IN 1963; BRITISH TROOPS WHOM DR. OBOTE CALLED IN EARLY IN 1964 AFTER THE MUTINIES AMONG FORCES IN UGANDA AND NEIGHBOURING KENYA AND TANGANYIKA. SCENES AT DR. OBOTE'S WEDDING IN 1963, TO WHICH TWENTY THOUSAND GUESTS WERE INVITED; TWO VISITS HE MADE, TO THE CHINESE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC AND INDIA, IN THE COURSE OF AN EXTENSIVE TOUR OF ASIA IN 1965. THE OCCASION WHEN SIX MEMBERS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, THE OPPOSITION, CHANGED SIDES, AND JOINED THE UGANDA PEOPLE'S CONGRESS -- AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARDS DR. OBOTE'S DECLARED GOAL OF A ONE-PARTY STATE. DR. OBOTE WITH THE LEADERS OF THE TWO NEIGHBOURING EAST AFRICAN STATES, PRESIDENT KENYATTA OF KENYA AND PRESIDENT NYERERE OF TANZANIA, AT MEETINGS AT WHICH THESE COUNTRIES WORK OUT COMMON POLICIES.




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    Background: DR. MILTON OBOTE WAS SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT OF UGANDA ON APRIL 15TH, UNDER A NEW CONSTITUTION ADOPTED THE SAME DAY. HE HAD BEEN PRIME MINISTER FOR FOUR YEARS, BUT LAST FEBRUARY HE SUSPENDED THE CONSTITUTION AND ASSUMED FULL POWERS OF GOVERNMENT. THIS, HE SAID, ABOLISHED THE OFFICE OF THE FORMER PRESIDENT, SIR EDWARD MUTESA, KABAKA OF BUGANDA.

    APOLLO MILTON OBOTE WAS BORN IN 1925, OF A RULING FAMILY IN NORTHERN UGANDA. HE TRAINED AS A TEACHER AT MAKERERE COLLEGE, KAMPALA, BUT WAS PREVENTED BY THE BRITISH AUTHORITIES FROM TAKING UP OPPORTUNITIES FOR FURTHER STUDY IN BRITAIN OR THE UNITED STATES. SO HE SPENT THE NEXT FEW YEARS WORKING AS A LABOURER AND CLERK, MOSTLY IN KENYA.

    IN 1957, HE RETURNED HOME AND ENTERED ACTIVE POLITICS IN UGANDA, BEING CHOSEN THE SAME YEAR TO REPRESENT HIS HOME DISTRICT IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. IN 1960, HE FORMED A NEW PARTY, THE UGANDA PEOPLE'S CONGRESS, AND IN 1961, AFTER UGANDA'S FIRST GENERAL ELECTIONS, BECAME THE OFFICIAL LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION. HIS PARTY WON THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTIONS, A YEAR LATER, AND HE BECAME PRIME MINISTER IN APRIL 1962. HE WAS IN OFFICE WHEN UGANDA BECAME INDEPENDENT SIX MONTHS LATER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6WTCRTHL2SWTX638UCZQV38W7
    Media URN:
    VLVA6WTCRTHL2SWTX638UCZQV38W7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:56:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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