Ugandan President Godfrey Binaisa opened a 127-member General Assembly on Saturday (6 October) replacing the group of 41 former exiles who have acted as the country's Government since the overthrow of Idi Amin six months ago.
GV Parliament with crowds waiting for arrival of President
SV President Godfrey Binaisa arrives with Colonel Tito Okelo
GV Band playing
Sv Binaisa reviewing guard of honour (2 SHOTS)
GV Binaisa leaves parade ground and enters parliament (3 SHOTS)
GV INTERIOR Members seated in parliament
GV Binaisa addressing parliament in English with member of parliament listening (13 SHOTS)
BINAISA: "Honourable members, this is indeed a great historic occasion in our history. Once again after eight long years the doors of this great Parliament are open. They have been opened by the combined strength of all the democratic forces of the people of Uganda. Henceforth all patriotic Ugandans must resolve to maintain eternal vigilance in order to ensure that never again shall these doors be shut."
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Background: Ugandan President Godfrey Binaisa opened a 127-member General Assembly on Saturday (6 October) replacing the group of 41 former exiles who have acted as the country's Government since the overthrow of Idi Amin six months ago. The President called it "an historic occasion" for Uganda - the first time in eight years that the Ugandan parliament has been opened.
SYNOPSIS: Barely four months sine war was raging in Uganda, crowds assembled to witness the official opening of Parliament marking a return to a democratic system. President Godfrey Binaisa arrived in time to review the guard of honour before declaring the Legislative Assembly open.
Sixty-one of the Assembly members were elected by 33 newly constituted District Councils, en were nominated to represent the armed forces, and the rest made up of ministers, and deputy ministers. President Binaisa noted in his speech the historic nature of the occasion.