Liberation Day in Uganda

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

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

The History Of Liberation Day In Uganda

In October of 1962, Uganda gained its independence after having been a British Protectorate for 68-years. A year later, it would become a republic. Over the next few years, things were pretty turbulent in Uganda and the nation would eventually come under the rule of dictator Idi Amin.

In 1981, President Obote would replace Amin, and a former Military Commission member named Museveni would end up forming the National Resistance Army. The purpose of this organization was to overthrow the government, but it didn’t get a chance to accomplish this goal as President Obote was overthrown in 1985 during a military coup. The NRA would take control of Kampala and would then install 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 talk about how National Liberation Day is observed.

  • Uganda has the second largest lake in the World. It’s called Lake Victoria and it has a surface area of 26,000 square miles.
  • Uganda has the tallest mountain range in all of Africa.
  • A dish that’s enjoyed in Uganda is Matook—a dish made of banana leaves and plantains.

Observing Liberation Day In Uganda

National Liberation Day is a holiday that’s observed as many independence days around the world are celebrated. It’s 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 (2023)
January 26 Thursday
Next year (2024)
January 26 Friday
Last year (2022)
January 26 Wednesday