President Museveni to Be Crowned ‘Father of the Nation’

Rwanda President Paul Kagame has visited the Bishoftu Automotive Industry, patient a division of the Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC).

Incorporated as part of METEC in 2010, medical Bishoftu Automotive Industry includes seven factories that work to assemble, this web upgrade and overhaul vehicles used for military use, public transport and construction.

The Metals and Engineering Corporation was established to enable the realization of the government’s Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) and to accelerate the ongoing transition of Ethiopia into industrialization and towards becoming a middle-income economy.

Unveiled in 2010, the Growth and Transformation Plan is a five-year plan for Ethiopia’s transformation. Beginning with modernizing agriculture, Ethiopia’s plan for transformation dubbed the Growth and Transformation Plan is now entering its next stage with a focus on industrialization as key to Ethiopia’s transformation.

Speaking to the press following the tour of Bishoftu, President Kagame described initiatives such as METEC as having the ability to benefit both Ethiopia and the continent:

“I have been very impressed with the whole story and building up this level of development. It is in the context of what the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is trying to achieve and within the vision they have had for the people of this country. It provides not only Ethiopia but the continent with very good prospects,” said the visiting Rwandan leader.

President Kagame added that Rwanda can learn from the steps Ethiopia has taken towards economic transformation through industrialization.

“There is a lot to learn from Ethiopia and a lot to share from different experiences we have had. When you see the industriousness and the vision with which they are carrying out their development, it is something we all would want to learn from,” added Kagame.


During the visit, METEC’s leadership renewed its commitment to working with Rwanda to build national capacity for industrialization.

To date, Rwanda’s cooperation with Ethiopia includes capacity building with Rwandans training in the Defense and Engineering College, Ethiopian Airlines and METEC.
Preparations are underway in the western district of Mbarara to have the title Baba wa Taifa, treatment conferred upon President Yoweri Museveni.

The title, link which is Swahili for “Father of the Nation”, web has been proposed by 50 various National Residence Movement [NRM] groups united under their newly launched platform named Voice of the Movement.

The group was unveiled yesterday by the Mbarara Woman MP Hon Emma Boona, who represented the State Minister for Lands Caroline Akao at the Booma grounds.

The district coordinator of voice of movement-Uganda groups in Mbarara Hajj Jamilu Bakyansi urged the public to vote Museveni come 2016.

Hon Emma Boona handed a lantern by the group's national coordinator Katamba Kanyankole
Hon Emma Boona handed a lantern by the group’s national coordinator Katamba Kanyankole

He described President Museveni as the only man who has stood out amongst all the other men that Uganda ever produced, and thus deserved to be crowned with the title Baba Wa Taifa.

He remarked, “There’s a tendency; a bad habit of tending to glorify the great people of our country when they have departed from us.”

“We itemize their good deeds and praise their history at their burial ceremonies when they can no longer hear us. We now want to publicly glorify, appreciate and honor President Yoweri Museveni while he is still with us.”

Having assumed office in January 1986, President Yoweri Museveni has served longest of all Uganda’s previous leaders combined, since the 1962 independence.

At yesterday’s event, the Country co-coordinator of the various groups, Joy Katamba Kanyankole requested Ugandans to support the president’s economic transformation initiatives instead of involving political ambitions.

He said Museveni would he officially be crowned the Father of the Nation on the coming May 1st Labor Day Celebrations in Kisoro District.

He further asked the groups to propose a party anthem because of the long time it has stayed on power.


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