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Uganda Declares May 12 Public Holiday For Presidential Inauguration

Source: Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda (Kampala)
Posted: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Public Service of the Government of Uganda, Catherine Musingwire, has announced that Wednesday, May 12, 2021, would soon be declared a one-off public holiday in Uganda, "to allow citizens to follow the proceedings from Kololo Independence grounds where President Museveni will be taking his oath of office for the sixth consecutive term".

Speaking to the media by phone, Permanent Secretary Musingwire, stated that "It is going to be a public holiday. We are just awaiting official communication".

One-off, election-related public holidays are relatively common in Uganda (2021-01-13, 2020-12-28, 2018-07-05, 2016-05-09, 2016-02-23, 2016-02-10, 2011-05-09, 2011-03-11, 2011-03-07, 2011-02-21, and 2011-02-15).

President Museveni was reelected, earlier this year, an occasion that warranted a one-off public holiday on Thursday, January 14, 2021 (2020-12-28). This was later followed by an announcement by the Minister of Public Service of Uganda, Catherine Birakwate, that the January 14 electoral public holiday would be extended to also include the day after the election, namely Friday, January 15, 2021 (2021-01-13).

However, popular hope that the subsequent election of city mayors and district chairpersons, would also be declared a one-off public holiday in Uganda, were soon dashed by Ugandan Electoral Commission acting spokesperson, Paul Bukenya (2021-01-18).

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