President Yoweri Museveni is expected this coming weekend to award a total of 114 people with medals as part of the celebrations to mark 33 years since the ruling national resistance movement took power.
The celebrations are held annually to commemorate end of the 5-year bush war led by President Museveni, which culminated in the capture of Kampala and overthrow of the UNLA on January 26th 1986.
This year’s celebrations according to the Minister for the Presidency Esther Mbayo, will take place at Muwafu Primary School Grounds, in Nabuyoga Sub County, Tororo District.
The event will be running under the theme; “A moment of glory that set a new Chapter for Unity, Peace and Prosperity in Uganda,” and President Museveni as always will be the chief guest.
“Preparations are in high gear both at the national level and at the host district which is Tororo,” Minister Mbayo said.
“The President will among many functions that he is expected to preside over, offer different categories of medals to 114 Ugandans who have offered distinguished services but most importantly those that have sacrificed to protect and defend motherland Uganda.”
“This is a form of appreciating Ugandans who move an extra mile to offer a unique service to their motherland.”
This day, according to the minister, is not just important to NRM supporters, but all Ugandans as it marks a time when the “people of Uganda opened a new chapter to rescue themselves from dictatorship and misrule.”
While many achievements have been made under Museveni’s leadership in the social, political and economic spheres, Minister Mbayo noted that government still realizes that more has not been accomplished yet.
“Certainly, there’s the need to invest heavily in encouraging a mindset shift away from a passive attitude of dependency to one of self-sufficiency, innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit,” she said.
“Our rallying point should now increasingly focus on developing and nurturing a national value system to change citizens’ mindsets, promote patriotism, enhance national identity and nurture a conducive ideological orientation.”