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VOTER EDUCATION: The role of the president

STATE HOUSE: The President’s residence and offices

📌 Duties of the President include

✅ Head of state, Head of government, Commander in chief of Uganda Peoples
Defence Forces and Fountain of Honour;
✅ Take precedence over all persons in Uganda;
✅ Head of the Executive arm of Government. Executive authority is vested in the
President;
✅ Execute and maintain the Constitution and all other laws;
✅ Abide by, uphold and safeguard the Constitution and the laws of Uganda;
✅ Deliver to Parliament an address on the state of the nation at the beginning of
each session of Parliament

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  While the debate rages on who is best suited to be president of Uganda, the official duties of country’s leader, according to the constitution, remain what they have been since independence in 1962, and are clearly outlined.

The country’s leader main duty is to act as Head of state, Head of government, Commander in chief of Uganda Peoples and Defence Forces and Fountain of Honour.

Subject to the provisions of the Constitution, the functions conferred upon the
President may be exercised by the President directly or indirectly through officers
subordinate to the President.

These are all contained in a Voter Education Handbook released last year, and relatedly, the Presidential Elections act. Also released by the Electoral Commission are the Presidential campaign regulations. (see bottom)

President Museveni presides over the swearing in of the Speaker. The president’s role spreads across all the key structures of the state. FILE PHOTO

The handbook  was designed to assist voters, Election Officials and other stakeholders to understand the electoral process, enhance voters’ awareness and increase participation in the electoral process in order to promote good governance. The intended outcome of this effort is to ensure that voters are ready, willing and able to participate in the electoral process.

At Independent, the head of government was the Prime Minister, and the country had a President with some of the other state duties.  (see list of president and prime ministers bottom- SOURCE WIKIPEDIA)

In 1966, Prime Minister Milton Obote suspended the Constitution, abolished the post of Prime Minister, and declared himself President – merging all the leadership roles. In 1980, the post of Prime Minister was re-established.

 VOTER EDUCATION HANDBOOK (click HERE to read online)

Uganda Voter Education Hand… by The Independent Magazine

 The PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS ACT, 2005 (click HERE to read online)

Uganda’s Presidential E… by The Independent Magazine

 PRESIDENTS HISTORY UGANDA
No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Elected Term of office Political party Prime minister(s)
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Mutesa II of Buganda.jpg Edward Mutesa
(1924–1969)
1963 9 October 1963 2 March 1966
(deposed.)
2 years, 144 days Kabaka Yekka Obote
2 Obote cropped.png Milton Obote
(1925–2005)
2 March 1966 15 April 1966 44 days Uganda People’s Congress Himself
15 April 1966 25 January 1971
(deposed.)
4 years, 285 days Position abolished

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Military Prime minister(s)
Took office Left office Time in office
3 Idi Amin -Archives New Zealand AAWV 23583, KIRK1, 5(B), R23930288.jpg Idi Amin
(1925–2003)
25 January 1971 11 April 1979
(deposed.)
8 years, 76 days Ugandan Armed Forces Position abolished

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Elected Term of office Political party Prime minister(s)
Took office Left office Time in office
4 No image.png Yusuf Lule
(1912–1985)
13 April 1979 20 June 1979
(deposed.)
68 days Independent
(UNLF)
Position abolished
5 No image.png Godfrey Binaisa
(1920–2010)
20 June 1979 12 May 1980
(deposed.)
327 days Uganda People’s Congress
(UNLF)
6 No image.png Paulo Muwanga
(1921–1991)
12 May 1980 22 May 1980
(resigned.)
10 days Uganda People’s Congress
(UNLF)
Presidential Commission 22 May 1980 15 December 1980 207 days
(2) Obote cropped.png Milton Obote
(1925–2005)
1980 17 December 1980 27 July 1985
(deposed.)
4 years, 222 days Uganda People’s Congress Allimadi

 

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Military Prime minister(s)
Took office Left office Time in office
7 No image.png General Bazilio Olara-Okello
(1929–1990)
27 July 1985 29 July 1985
(resigned.)
2 days Ugandan Armed Forces Position vacant
8 No image.png General Tito Okello
(1914–1996)
29 July 1985 26 January 1986
(deposed.)
181 days Ugandan Armed Forces Muwanga
Waligo
 
No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Elected Term of office Political party Prime minister(s)
Took office Left office Time in office
9 Yoweri Museveni September 2015.jpg Yoweri Museveni
(1944–)
1996
2001
2006
2011
2016
26 January 1986 Incumbent 34 years, 341 days National Resistance Movement Kisekka
Adyebo
Musoke
Nsibambi
Mbabazi
Rugunda

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Political party Head(s) of state
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Obote cropped.png Milton Obote
(1925–2005)
9 October 1962 15 April 1966 3 years, 188 days Uganda People’s Congress Elizabeth II
Mutesa
Himself
Post abolished (15 April 1966 – 18 December 1980)
2 No image.png Otema Allimadi
(1929–2001)
18 December 1980 27 July 1985
(deposed.)
4 years, 221 days Uganda People’s Congress Obote
3 No image.png Paulo Muwanga
(1921–1991)
1 August 1985 25 August 1985 24 days Independent Okello
4 No image.png Abraham Waligo
(1928–2000)
25 August 1985 26 January 1986
(deposed.)
154 days Independent Okello
5 No image.png Samson Kisekka
(1912–1999)
30 January 1986 22 January 1991 4 years, 357 days National Resistance Movement Museveni
6 No image.png George Cosmas Adyebo
(1947–2000)
22 January 1991 18 November 1994 3 years, 300 days National Resistance Movement Museveni
7 No image.png Kintu Musoke
(1938–)
18 November 1994 5 April 1999 4 years, 138 days National Resistance Movement Museveni
8 Apolo Nsibambi (cropped).jpg Apolo Nsibambi
(1940–2019)
5 April 1999 24 May 2011 12 years, 49 days National Resistance Movement Museveni
9 Amama Mbabazi.jpg Amama Mbabazi
(1949–)
24 May 2011 18 September 2014 3 years, 117 days National Resistance Movement Museveni
10 Ruhakana Rugunda.jpg Ruhakana Rugunda
(1947–)
18 September 2014 Incumbent 6 years, 109 days National Resistance Movement Museveni
 

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