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Uganda High Commission(Embassy of Uganda in London) Telephone Number / Customer Services Number
58–59 Trafalgar Square,
The Uganda High Commission is located in Central London at Uganda House, 58-59 Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DX.
The Uganda High Commission can be contacted on Telephone number 020 7839 5783, Facsimile number 020 7839 8925 or E-mail: [email protected]
Brief History Of Uganda
The colonial boundaries made by Britain to delimit Uganda grouped together a wide array of ethnic groups with different political systems and cultures. After independence was achieved in 1962, these differences complicated the establishment of a working political community. The dictatorial regime of Idi AMIN (1971-79) was responsible for the deaths of some 300,000 adversaries; guerrilla war and human rights abuses under Milton OBOTE (1980-85) claimed at least another 100,000 lives. The rule of Yoweri MUSEVENI since 1986 has brought relative stability and economic growth to Uganda. A constitutional referendum in 2005 cancelled a 19-year prohibition on multi-party politics and lifted presidential term limits.
Uganda developed from the nineteenth century kingdom of Buganda, based along the northern shoreline of Lake Victoria. In 1894 Buganda was declared a British protectorate, but the state was never fully colonised. Growing self government through an Executive and Legislative Council resulted in full independence on 9 th. Milton Obote, leader of the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC), was elected Prime Minister. He was overthrown in 1971 by Army Chief of Staff, General Idi Amin, who established a brutal dictatorship. The Asian Community was expelled in 1972 and intellectuals persecuted. Edge tension led to an invasion by Tanzania, with support from exiled members of the Ugandan National Liberation Front (UNLF). President Amin was over thrown and ill-organised elections in 1980 returned Obote’s UPC .
Growing dissent between Acholi and the Langi factions within the military resulted in the overthrow of Obote from the Acholi, directed by General Tito Okello.
In 1995, a new constitution was adopted by Uganda. The Constitution provided within the next two years for Presidential, Parliamentary and local elections, to be held underneath the present limitations on action by political parties. A referendum was held in June 2000, which decided to keep the limitations. The elections which followed in June 1996 and May, for President and Parliament respectively, were generally free and fair, notwithstanding the ban on party action.
The second presidential election was held on 12 th. Appreciable improvement was made in rebuilding infrastructure and in re-establishing peace. H.E. President Yoweri Museveni was re elected for a third period.
Uganda has among the youngest and most rapidly growing populations in the world; its total fertility rate is one of the world’s maximum at 5.8 children per woman. Except in urban areas, genuine fertility transcends girls’s desired fertility by one or two children, which can be indicative of a cultural preference for big families, lack of government support for family planning, along with the widespread unmet need for contraception. High amounts of the early age of childbearing, short birth intervals, and also births lead to Uganda’s high maternal mortality rate. Gender inequities also make fertility decrease tough; girls on average are less-knowledgeable, participate in paid employment, and usually have little say in decisions over their own reproductive health and childbearing. However, even if the birth rate were reduced, Uganda’s substantial pool of women entering reproductive age ensures rapid population growth for decades in the future.
Unchecked, population increase will further strain the availability of natural resources and arable land and overwhelm the state’s limited means for providing medical care, employment, schooling, food, housing, and basic services. The nation’s north and northeast lag even farther behind developmentally than the remaining nation as a direct result long-term struggle (the Ugandan Bush War 1981-1986 and over 20 years of fighting involving the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and Ugandan Government forces), continuing inter-communal violence, and regular natural disasters.
Uganda has been both a a source of migrants and refugees and a host state for refugees. In 1972, then President Idi AMIN, in his drive to return Ugandans Uganda, expelled the South Asian inhabitants that composed a sizable share of the state’s businesspeople and bankers. Since the 1970s, tens of thousands of Ugandans have emigrated, chiefly for security reasons, to escape poverty, to search for occupations, and for access to natural resources. The emigration of Ugandan physicians and nurses because of low wages is a particular concern given deficit of skilled healthcare workers to the state’s. Africans escaping battles in neighboring states have found safety in Uganda the state currently struggles to host tens of thousands from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, along with other nearby countries.
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