The Minister of State for Tourism, Hon. Godfrey Ssuubi Kiwanda has commended the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) for the critical role it has played in ensuring the peace and stability within Uganda and the Great Lakes Region.
Speaking at the launch of activities to mark the 40th Tarehe Sita anniversary in Lwengo District, Kiwanda thanked the UPDF for choosing the district as one of the areas where the anniversary will be commemorated noting that Lwengo is a memorable place in the history of the UPDF.
“Lwengo acted as a command centre for the liberation struggle that started on February 6, 1981,” he said.
The Minister, in his remarks, also thanked the people of Lwengo for the unwavering support offered to both the combatants and non combatant fighters during the liberation struggle noting that the success of the war was due to that unconditional support.
He further said that the UPDF is a guarantor of the peace and stability in Uganda which has been built on the principles of professionalism and national unity.
In her remarks, Brig Gen Rebecca Mpagi, the Director of Personnel and Administration in the Air Force said that the Tarehe Sita celebrations provide an opportunity to give back to the community as a way of thanking them for their endless support towards the NRA and UPDF.
“Without their support, the liberation struggle wouldn’t have been a success,” she said.
She called upon the people to always pray for Uganda and members of the security forces and urged them to always send people who are disciplined and educated during the time of recruitment.
The Director of Political Education from the Chieftaincy of Mubende Rehabilitation Centre, Lt Col Birungi Kizza said that the UPDF will be carrying out various activities to mark the anniversary.
These, Birungi said, will include the construction of a Male Patients ward at Lwengo Health Centre IV, Voluntary safe male circumcision, testing of HIV/AIDs and offering other medical services.
The function was attended by the Director of Mental Health in the UPDF and Chairman Medical Board, Brig Gen Patrick Ocen Ogwok, the resident district commissioner, political and religious leaders of Lwengo District.