• Short Summary

    THOUSANDS OF UGANDANS THRONGED THE STREETS OF KAMPALA, FLAG BEDECKED CAPITAL OF UGANDA, YESTERDAY (MONDAY), ADDING THEIR CHEERS TO A PARADE WHICH CELEBRATED THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COUNTRY'S INDEPENDENCE.

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    THOUSANDS OF UGANDANS THRONGED THE STREETS OF KAMPALA, FLAG BEDECKED CAPITAL OF UGANDA, YESTERDAY (MONDAY), ADDING THEIR CHEERS TO A PARADE WHICH CELEBRATED THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COUNTRY'S INDEPENDENCE.

    PRESIDENT MILTON OBOTE, IN HIS ANNIVERSARY SPEECH, TOLD HIS PEOPLE THAT UGANDA'S GREATEST ASSET WAS THE AIR OF CONFIDENCE WHICH SURROUNDED THIS YEAR'S CELEBRATIONS. 'WHERE THERE IS CONFIDENCE,' HE SAID, 'THERE IS STABILITY -- AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE FORWARD AT AN ACCELERATED SPEED.' HIS WORDS WERE READ TIME AND AGAIN IN SIMILAR CEREMONIES THROUGHOUT UGANDA.

    MONDAY'S CITY WAS A FEAST OF FLAGS, BUNTING AND FLOODLIGHTS. THE COUNTRY HAD PLANNED NATION-WIDE PARADES AND FESTIVALS TO MARK THE OCCASION -- AND, IN THE CAPITAL, GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND MANY PRIVATE FIRMS EXPRESSED THEIR ENTHUSIASM IN A GIANT PROCESSION OF DECORATED FLOATS. THE THEME OF THE PROCESSION WAS UGANDA'S ACHIEVEMENTS, IN PARTICULAR HER ECONOMIC PROGRESS.

    UGANDA ADOPTED A REPUBLICAN CONSTITUTION LAST MONTH, BRINGING, IN THE PRESIDENT'S WORDS, 'A NEW IMAGE AND A NEW VITALITY'. THE CONSTITUTION, HE SAID, ABOLISHED HEREDITARY KINGDOMS AND INSTITUTED CONDITIONS CONDUCIVE TO RAPID DEVELOPMENT. BUT HE WOULD NOT YET LIFT THE STATE OF EMERGENCY INTRODUCED DURING LAST YEAR'S POLITICAL CRISIS.

    A FITTING DISPLAY BROUGHT THE FLAG-RAISING CEREMONY TO A CLOSE -- THE SPECTACULAR FLY-PAST OF BANNER-BEARING AIRFORCE UNITS, AND THE COLOURFUL PARADING OF SOLDIERS REPRESENTING UGANDA'S ARMY.

    IN LONDON THE ANNIVERSARY WAS ACKNOWLEDGED WITH A 14-PAGE SURVEY OF THE EAST AFRICAN REPUBLIC IN THE INFLUENTIAL BUSINESS DAILY, THE FINANCIAL TIMES. PRESIDENT OBOTE CONTRIBUTED AN ARTICLE TO THE SURVEY, WHICH TRACED FIVE "EVENTFUL AND EXCITING" YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA79OS9UQWIYJX8ID9AQPKFKSX9
    Media URN:
    VLVA79OS9UQWIYJX8ID9AQPKFKSX9
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/10/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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