Prior to Uganda getting independence, three sub-committees were set up to deal with Uganda’s national symbols. They were responsible for the National Flag, Anthem and Court of Arms. The sub-committee for the creation of a national anthem encouraged Ugandans to submit their proposals. It was a tough call as these were supposed to be works of art that would stand the test of time.

The flag of Uganda was adopted on October 9, 1962, the date that Uganda became independent from England. It consists of six horizontal bands of black at top, yellow, red, black, yellow, and red.

At the centre is a grey crested crane superimposed on a white disc. The crane faces the hoist side of the flag. The raised leg symbolises that Uganda is not stationary but moving forward.

According to Prof. Mwambutsya Ndebesa, a lecturer of history and development studies at Makerere University, the flag was designed by Grace Ibingira, who later became the Attorney General. He was also a cabinet minister until 1966 when he became a political prisoner as a result of Obote’s changes in the government.

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