M7 Speaks Out On NRM Heroes' Day Celebrations

advice geneva; font-size: small;”>Rwanda President Paul Kagame is expected in Uganda ahead of the function. He will be awarded two liberation medals.

more about geneva;”>“As we celebrate 26 years of giving a humble service to our nation, drugs it is also a benchmark to reflect on our core values that the 27 compatriots stood on to fight and liberate our country,” Museveni says in a statement.

The President says NRA combatants who captured power in 1986 fought for democracy, security, consolidation of National security and elimination of all forms of sectarianism, defending and consolidating national independence.”

Other core values include building an independent, integrated and self-sustaining national economy, restoration and improvement of Social services and the rehabilitation of the war-ravaged areas, elimination of corruption and misuse of power, redressing errors that have resulted in the dislocation of sections of the population and improvement of others.

Museveni’s fighters also launched the struggle against the dictatorships of Idi Amin and Milton Obote to “enhance co-operation with other African countries in defending human and democratic rights of our brothers in other parts of Africa and following an economic strategy of mixed economy.”

The main venue for this year’s NRM celebrations will be Sebei College Sports Grounds, Kapchorwa district, according to Information Minister Karooro Okurut.

“This year’s function is particularly important because unlike previous celebrations this is a golden jubilee year during which we are also commemorating 50 years of our country’s Independence,” she says.

The theme of the day will be “Uganda the Land of Opportunities: NRM’s Contribution During the last half of the 50 Years of Uganda’s Independence.”


Karooro says the celebrations will be a launching pad for a series of activities that will culminate into the Golden Jubilee Celebrations on October 9 2012.

The celebrations come at a time of increased opposition against NRM government’s economic and political policies.


While NRM has maintained peace and stability in the country for decades, it has fallen short on creating employment for the youth and eradicating corruption.

Museveni has since consolidated his hold on power by crushing deadly rebel groups especially ADF and LRA.

“We have come a long way as a country through the darkest episodes of our history especially in the first two decades from 1962,” Karooro says.

This function, according to the Minister, will also be a score card for the NRM’s stewardship of this country.

“While the NRM has registered remarkable performance since 1986, it is also a time to evaluate ourselves; it is time to look at the achievements registered and the challenges encountered,” Karooro notes.

“It is time to look at how NRM has contributed to the development of Uganda in the last half of the 50 years of our independence.”

Karooro says the function is aimed at calling upon Ugandans to be prepared to face the challenges ahead in order to propel the country forward.

“In the current world order, most of the outstanding challenges have an international dimension. The most salient of these include the world economic downturn that is adversely affecting us, climate change and the associated impact especially on the farming communities and terrorism,” Karooro says.

“Ugandans thus need to use this occasion to realise that while they must put the government to task to enhance delivery, as a country we must also pool our efforts together to confront these challenges. Finally, all districts will organise the celebrations presided over by the RDCs and we call upon all Ugandans attend in their respective districts,” Karooro concludes.

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