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by Samuel Lockton, 09 Oct 2002
Flag adopted 09 Oct 1962
I spoke to Grace Ibingira (God rest his soul) and he told me he designed
the Ugandan flag (he was first and foremost an artist). It was the second
of two designs.
Tomas Zamudio, 25 Feb 2003
Do you mean that the current central roundel of the Uganda flag was
in the fly of a blue (or red?) ensign as the local colony flag?
António Martins, 24 Oct 1999
I'm not sure if it was the exact same design, but there's no reason
why it wouldn't have been. Smith says the crested crane "first appeared
in the colonial badge of Uganda under British rule", and Crampton simply
says (in talking about the origins of the coat of arms) that the crane
was the former flag-badge.
Dylan Crawfoot, 25 Oct 1999
During Uganda's turbulent recent history, the national flag has remained
Stuart Notholt, 15 Sep 1996
Uganda in Album2000: National Flag.
Six striped flag of black-yellow-red-black-yellow-red with a crested crane in full colours in a white disk in the middle.
BTW, is the disk diameter equal to two stripes width? Or is it just a bit smaller then it?
BTW2, what's used as the naval jack?
Željko Heimer, 29 Aug 2002
[cra90] and several other books, as
well as the Shipmate flagchart 2000 have it slightly smaller, so the disk
does not touch the yellow stripes. The DK book has the disk even smaller, but
that may be for educational purposes. In other words: the image of the Ugandan
national flag does need a small correction.
Jarig Bakker, 05 Sep 2002
On Graham Bartram's website
is the Ugandan national flag with the usual proportions, but the disk is
not touching the yellow stripes. Moreover there is a big cut-out of the
Jarig Bakker, 09 Oct 2002
The supporters on either side of the coat of arms are the Ugandan Kob
representing the wildlife of Uganda and the Crested Crane, the emblem for
The drum represents Uganda's culture. It was once the belief that drums could scare away evil spirits. A drum chain can be used to transmit messages over a distance of 100 miles in less than one hour.
The spears and shield are representative of Uganda's traditional form of weapons and symbolise the nation's defence and security.
The motto reads: "For God and My Country".
Info from this site.
Ugandan flag (Mar 1962 - 9 Oct 1962 (Provisional) The flag was
adopted by the ruling party to be the national flag and was hoisted unofficially.
However, the Congress Party won the elections, and a new design
based on their colours was adopted and became the current national flag.