Tarehe Sita activities have today Thursday been officially launched at Masafu Referral Hospital where UPDF and the EAC partner state of South Sudan are going to refurbish a drug store and conduct a medical camp for the people of Busia.
The occasion was officiated by the Minister of State EAC affairs Julius Maganda.
Speaking at the event, Major General Gavas Mugyenyi who represented the UPDF, implored the people of Busia to jealously guard peace which has enabled UPDF to have time to carry out community support activities, according to a statement released by UPDF officials.
On his part, Minister Maganda noted that Defence and security sector of the EAC is the most integrated sector today.
He commended the South Sudan contingent for supporting their Ugandan counterparts in the activities leading up to the main event on February 6.
Tarehe Sita, which means the sixth day of the month in Kiswahili, is celebrated annually in Uganda in commemoration of February 6, 1981 when the National Resistance Army (NRA), composed of 43 men (27 armed), attacked Kabamba military barracks in Mubende, marking the start of the five-year liberation struggle.
The Commissioner of patriotism in the office of the President, Brig Patrick Mwesigye highlighted Bukedi region as one that contributed to the liberation of Uganda through Capt Kazi Mooto Mpiima, who sacrificed his life for Uganda, a reason they should be proud to host the first ever EAC integrated Tarehe Sita activities.
The district launch was attended by the UPDF Commander of the Engineers Brigade, Eng. Brig Timothy Sabiiti, the Chairman LC V Busia, Mr. Boniface Oguutu, local councilors of Busia district and the local population.