The former Ugandan President Milton Obote, returned to Uganda on Tuesday (27 May) after nine years in exile in Tanzania.
GV PAN: Magistrate and officials entering Parliament Building in Kampala
SV PAN: Military Commission Chairman Paulo Muwanga entering Parliament Building
SV: Military personnel, including Brigadier David Oyote Ojok saluting
GV: Three-man commission (from right to left) Justice Saulo Musoke, Justice Polycarp Nyamuchoncho and Mr. Yoweri Hunter Wach-Olwol seated with Army Commander, Major General Tito Okello
SV: Justice Musoke being sworn in as audience look on and applaud (3 shots)
SV: Mr. Wach-Olwol shaking hands with Mr. Muwanga after signing ceremony. He returns to his seat
SV: Army personnel shaking hands with three-man Commission and Mr. Muwanga
GV: Three-man Commission posing for photograph
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Background: The former Ugandan President Milton Obote, returned to Uganda on Tuesday (27 May) after nine years in exile in Tanzania. He did not return to Kampala, but travelled to the remote South Ugandan village of Bushenyi, where his supporters held a mass rally. Dr. Obote's return was welcomed by the Government newspaper "Uganda Times". Its main editorial article spoke of his "exemplary service" to his country. The Military Commission which seized power two weeks ago has assured Dr Obote and anyone else who intends to stand as a candidate in elections due before the end of he year, that they will be given adequate protection. This firm stand taken by the Military Commission is the latest indication of its determination to hold supreme power until the elections are held. On Friday, (23 May) the three-man Presidential Commission, set up by the Military Commission to take over the powers of the deposed President Binaisa, was sworn in.
SYNOPSIS: The ceremony took place on the steps of the Ugandan Parliament Building. The Presidential Commission consists of two judges and a former Government permanent secretary, but as Mr Paulo Muwanga the Chairman of the Military Commission has made clear, their positions are seen as largely titular.
The three-man Commission is made up of Justice Saulo Musoke, Polycarp Nyamuchonoho, and Mr Yoweri Hunter Wach-Olwol. Together they share the former President's powers, but in a speech following the searing-in ceremony, Mr Muwanga stressed that it was his six-member Military Commission who held supreme power.
Mr Muwanga said the government which took power two weeks ago was committed to total democracy. It was working, he said, "Towards building a healthy attitude in the people whereby Uganda will profit from free and fair elections." And he went on "Contrary to the prophets of doom, we have proven that we can hold the country together in the last few weeks and improve on the security situation."