Government: Republic – Gained independence from the UK in 1962. Head of State: President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni since 1986. Head of Government : Prime Minister Apolo Nsibambi since 1999.
Language : English is the official language, with Luganda and Swahili also widely spoken.
Religion : 60 per cent Christian, 32 per cent animist and 5 per cent Muslim.
Time : GMT + 3.
Electricity : 240 volts AC, 50Hz.
Telephone : IDD is available to and from principal towns in Uganda. Country code: 256. Service for local calls is unreliable.
Mobile telephone : GSM 900/1800 network. Main network operators are Cellular Celtel (website: http://www.uganda.celtel.com/ ), MTN-Uganda (website: http://www.mtn.co.ug/ ) and Uganda Telecom Ltd (website: http://www.utl.co.ug/ ). Coverage extends to all major towns .
Fax : Service is available at the Postal & Telecommunications Office, 35 Kampala Road, Kampala; in central post offices in Jinja and Mbale between 0800-1600; and in some hotels.
Internet : ISPs include InfoCom (website: www.imul.com) and MTN Uganda (website: www.mtn.co.ug). There are Internet cafes in Kampala.
Telegram : Available in main towns.
Post: Airmail to Europe can take from three days to several weeks. Post office hours: Mon-Fri 0830-1230 and 1400-1730. Some post offices are open Sat 0830-1300.
Press : The English-language papers include The Economy, Financial Times, Guide, The Monitor, New Vision and The Star.
Radio : BBC World Service (website: www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice) and Voice of America (website: www.voa.gov) can be received. From time to time the frequencies change and the most up-to-date can be found online. There are also a number of FM Radio stations in the country which one can listen to for information and news.
2015 – 1986
Government of Uganda
Country name:Long form: Republic of Uganda
conventional short form: Uganda
112 districts; Adjumani, Apac, Arua, Bugiri, Bundibugyo, Bushenyi, Busia, Gulu, Hoima, Iganga, Jinja, Kabale, Kabarole, Kaberamaido, Kalangala, Kampala, Kamuli, Kamwenge, Kanungu, Kapchorwa, Kasese, Katakwi, Kayunga, Kibale, Kiboga, Kisoro, Kitgum, Kotido, Kumi, Kyenjojo, Lira, Luwero, Masaka, Masindi, Mayuge, Mbale, Mbarara, Moroto, Moyo, Mpigi, Mubende, Mukono, Nakapiripirit, Nakasongola, Nebbi, Ntungamo, Pader, Pallisa, Rakai, Rukungiri, Sembabule, Sironko, Soroti, Tororo, Wakiso, Yumbe
9 October 1962 (from UK)
Independence Day, 9 October (1962)
8 October 1995; adopted by the interim, 284-member Constituent Assembly, charged with debating the draft constitution that had been proposed in May 1993; the Constituent Assembly was dissolved upon the promulgation of the constitution in October 1995
in 1995, the government restored the legal system to one based on English common law and customary law; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations
18 years of age; universal
Head of state: President Lt. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta MUSEVENI (since seizing power 26 January 1986); note – the president is both chief of state and head of government
head of government: President Lt. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta MUSEVENI (since seizing power 29 January 1986); Prime Minister Rugunda (since 2014); note – the president is both chief of state and head of government; the prime minister assists the president in the supervision of the cabinet
Cabinet: Cabinet is appointed by the president from among elected legislators
Elections: president reelected by popular vote for a five-year term; election last held 12 March 2001 (next to be held NA 2006); note – first popular election for president since independence in 1962 was held in 1996; prime minister appointed by the president.
unicameral National Assembly (over 300 members – directly elected by popular vote and those nominated by legally established special interest groups [ army 10, disabled 5, youth 5, labor 5], 8 ex officio members; members serve five-year terms)
Elections: last held 2011 (next to be held May or June 2016);
Court of Appeal (judges are appointed by the president and approved by the legislature); High Court (judges are appointed by the president)
Political pressure groups and leaders:
Popular Resistance Against a Life President or PRALP
International organization participation:
ACP, AfDB, AU, C, EADB, FAO, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IGAD, ILO, IMF, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO (correspondent), ITU, MIGA, NAM, OIC, OPCW, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTO