Liberation Day in Uganda

Liberation Day in Uganda, also known as NRM Liberation Day, is a holiday observed annually on January 26th. This holiday commemorates the day in 1986 when the previous government was overthrown by the National Resistance Movement (NRM).

The NRM overthrew the government because it was known for civil rights offenses and was very corrupt, using voter fraud to remain in power. The holiday is observed with military parades, political speeches, and fireworks.

The History of Liberation Day in Uganda

In October 1962, Uganda gained its independence after having been a British Protectorate for 68 years. A year later, it became a republic. Over the next few years, Uganda experienced significant turbulence and eventually came under the rule of dictator Idi Amin.

In 1981, President Obote replaced Amin, and a former Military Commission member named Museveni formed the National Resistance Army. The purpose of this organization was to overthrow the government. However, it did not get a chance to accomplish this goal, as President Obote was overthrown in a military coup in 1985. The NRA then took control of Kampala and installed Yoweri Museveni as the President of Uganda on January 26, 1986.

Interesting Facts About Uganda

Let’s go over some interesting facts about Uganda before we discuss how National Liberation Day is observed.

  • Uganda is home to the second-largest lake in the world, Lake Victoria, which has a surface area of 26,000 square miles.
  • Uganda boasts the tallest mountain range in all of Africa.
  • A popular dish in Uganda is Matooke—a dish made with banana leaves and plantains.

Observing Liberation Day in Uganda

National Liberation Day is a holiday observed similarly to many independence days around the world. It is celebrated with military parades, fireworks, and political speeches given by politicians and military leaders.

Where is it celebrated?
Uganda (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
January 26 Friday
Next year (2025)
January 26 Sunday
Last year (2023)
January 26 Thursday