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Last month Jesse Alecho wrote to us reporting the UPC flag is
black, red and blue. I followed this up with him, and he replied
below (with a URL that proves it - interesting history of Uganda
there too, but no mention of a flag). Smith [smi75b] clearly states that the modern Ugandan flag is based on the UPC flag
black, yellow, red. Can someone with some other sources please check the origin of the Ugandan flag?
Rob Raeside, 12 Jun 2000
Jesse's statement is confirmed by the party constitution, as shown on
the party website:
There shall be the flag of the Party of tricolour: Black (for African Personality), Red (for human equality and Brotherhood) and Blue (for Peace and Justice). The Party tricolour flag shall be in horizontal form with Black on top, Red in the middle, followed by the Blue. The website contains a detailed (very interesting but probably a bit UPC-oriented) history of UPC and Uganda, from which I have extracted the most relevant data: UPC was formed on 9 Mar 1960, and led the Ugandan government at independence (9 Oct 1962). The party leader and Prime Minister, Milton Obote, was overthrown by Idi Amin Dada on 25 Jun 1971. In 1979, Amin was overthrown by Uganda National Liberation Front (UNLF). Obote came back to Uganda on 27 May 1980 and UPC came back to power in Dec 1980. In Jul 1985, Obote was again overthrown by a military junta, later replaced by NRM (National Resistance Movement) led by current President Yoweri Museveni. In 1966, Obote and UPC wrote a new Constitution which abolished the Kingdom of Buganda.
Ivan Sache, 16 Nov 2001
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UGANDA PEOPLES CONGRESS (U.P.C.)
The name of the Party shall be "The Uganda People's Congress (U.P.C.) referred to in this Constitution as "the Party".
The Emblem of the Party shall be "the Open Hand" (for Peace, Unity and Justice).
1. There shall be the flag of the Party of tricolour:
Black (for African Personality),
Red (for human equality and Brotherhood) and
Blue (for Peace and Justice).
2. The Party tricolour flag shall be in horizontal form with Black on top, Red in the middle, followed by the Blue.
Jaume Olle, 24 Feb 2007
This is the historical flag of the Uganda People's Congress, as seen in
Whitney Smith's "Flags
through the Ages and across the World" (1975).[smi75b]
Ivan Sache, 27 March 1998