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    UGANDA BECAME INDEPENDENT AT MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY. AS 68 YEARS OF BRITISH RULE ENDED, THE?

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    UGANDA BECAME INDEPENDENT AT MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY. AS 68 YEARS OF BRITISH RULE ENDED, THE COUNTRY BEGAN LIFE AS AFRICA'S 33RD INDEPENDENT NATION. THE CEREMONY TOOK PLACE AT THE KOLOLO STADIUM IN KAMPALA, THE CAPITAL.

    THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF K???T - REPRESENTING QUEEN ELIZABETH AT THE INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS-- WERE WELCOMED AT THE STADIUM BY THE UGANDA PRIME MINISTER, MR OBOTE, AND THE KABAKA. AS A GRAND FINALE TO THE BIG MILITARY TATTOO, THE BRITISH NATIONAL ANTHEM WAS PLAYED FOR THE LAST TIME - AND THE UNION JACK WAS HAULED DOWN.

    AS THE NEW UGANDA FLAG WAS RAISED, THE BAND STRUCK UP THE NEW NATIONAL ANTHEM. BUT THE MUSIC WAS ALMOST DROWNED BY THE ROARS OF A CROWD ESTIMATED AT MORE THAN 40,000. ALSO PRESENT AT THE HISTORIC CEREMONY - THE GOVERNOR OF UGANDA, SIR WALTER COUTTS. THE OCCASION ENDED WITH A 20-MINUTE SPECTACULAR FIREWORK DISPLAY.

    NEXT MORNING, THE DUKE AND DUCHESS WERE PRESENT AS THE GOVERNOR WAS SWORN IN AS THE COUNTRY'S FIRST GOVERNOR-GENERAL. LATER, MR OBOTE TOOK AN OATH OF ALLEGIANCE; AND THE DUKE FORMALLY HANDED OVER THE CONSTITUTIONAL DOCUMENTS.

    MR OBOTE, ACCEPTING THE DOCUMENTS, SAID UGANDA WAS PARTICULARLY HAPPY AT BECOMING INDEPENDENT BECAUSE IT HAD BEEN ACHIEVED IN PEACE AND GOODWILL. HE SAID HE AND HIS GOVERNMENT - AND THE UGANDAN PEOPLE - WERE ACCEPTING HEAVY RESPONSIBILITIES, BUT THEY WERE "CONFIDENT THAT THIS COUNTRY CAN GO FORWARD UNDER A STRONG AND STABLE GOVERNMENT DULY ELECTED."

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA2IPHMVJY3OZN530UC0Q9YFHB
    Media URN:
    VLVAA2IPHMVJY3OZN530UC0Q9YFHB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/10/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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