How October 9 was arrived at as Independence Day

Milton Obote (left) swears in as Uganda’s first prime minister in 1962. 

What you need to know:

  • Since Uganda got independence in 1962, there have been some theories that October 9 was chosen to honour Kabaka Muteesa I who died on October 9, 1884, Faustin Mugabe writes.

On October 9, 1962, Uganda got independence from the British. Uganda had been under colonial rule since July 19, 1894, when it was declared a British protectorate during the reign of Queen Victoria.

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