How Ugandans Celebrated Independence Day in Kigali

A sumptous meal watered down the throat with dry wine: heart-warming jazz and traditional music lit up faces of Ugandans in Rwanda as they celebrated their Independence Day at Kigali Serena Hotel on Saturday night.

The annual ceremony attracted Ugandans living in Rwanda and friends of Uganda who joined hands to remember 54 years after the country realised it’s independence from British colonialists.

Uganda’s Ambassador Richard Kabonero expressed optimism that his nation’s relations with Rwanda would continue to deepen as both countries work closely to spur cross border trade and address infrastructural bottlenecks.

He revealed that Uganda is partnering with Rwanda to enable RwandAir ply the Kigali-Entebbe-London route.
This would help Ugandans exploit direct flights to United Kingdom.

Still on infrastructure, pilule Kabonero said, approved “in a few months we look forward to the completion of the Ntungamo -Mirama hills road that will lead to increased and improved transboundary road network.”

He added: “We are also looking forward to the launch of the Mirama-Hills Kagitumba One Stop Border Post.”
Earlier, more about Stanbic Bank Managing Director Patrick Mweheire spoke about global economic challenges.

Mweheire, however, observed that Sub Saharan Africa especially Uganda stands a better chance to rise and shine if it deals with population explosion and harness opportunities in the oil sector.

“There is this statistic that in Uganda a child is born after every 3 minutes,” said Mweheire, calling for measures to deal with the situation.


He further cited a recent study showed the oil sector needed tens of thousands of welders but only 200 can be found in Uganda.

Uganda expects to have its first oil by 2020.


Rwanda’s Justice Minister Johnstone Busingye who presided over the event assured of his country’s commitment to strengthen bilateral ties with Uganda.

“We applaud the excellent relations between Uganda and Rwanda. They have withstood trying times but prevailed,” said Busingye.

He excited the crowd when he reiterated Rwanda’s commitment to regional integration.
“Even the blind can see we are headed towards that direction,” he added.

Busingye went ahead to hail the two countries’ solidarity that has seen them enjoy fruits of several partnerships in trade, defence, education, security, energy, agriculture and food security.

He said where challenges may arise in regard to bilateral relations, there is commitment on the part of Rwanda to work together to address them for the good of both countries.

The event capped a weekend of celebratory activities including a comedy and entertainment in Kigali to mark the Independence Day.

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