Uganda Commemorates Heroes Day, Over 100 With Awarded Medals.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has honored the 9 NRA heroes who were executed by the Obote Government on 9th June 1981 during the NRA Liberation Struggle at Kikandwa, Luweero District as great patriots of the country.
This was in his speech that was delivered by Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja at the National Heroes Day Celebrations in Kololo where over 100 medals were given out.
Uganda has today celebrated National Heroes Day, marking 41 years since the first National Resistance Army/ Movement (NRA/M) heroes were executed at Kikandwa, Luweero, dying for their faith and political ideology.
On that day, 9 suspected NRA rebels and collaborators were hacked to death by the Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA) led by Basilio Okello following the protracted war in which the NRA rebel leader Yoweri Museveni had launched against the “Dictatorship” of Milton Obote the then president of Uganda.
At Kololo Independence grounds where National celebrations were held under the theme of, “An opportunity to consolidate our efforts in securing Uganda”, President Yoweri Museveni who was represented by Robinah Nabbanja the prime minister of Uganda, praised the heroes of 9th June 1981 as martyrs who put forward patriotism ahead of other things.
President Museveni reiterated the government’s commitment to eradicate poverty from households through commercial agriculture, Industries, services, and ICT.
Museveni has called on leaders at all levels to mobilize the masses to take advantage of the Parish Development Model which has been rolled out by the government to develop themselves. He promised full operationalization of the Parish model in the next financial year starting soon on July 1st.
The minister of state for Luweero-Rwenzori Alice Kaboyo promised full welfare support to civilian veterans from Luweero triangle and Rwenzori in the financial year 2022/2023; with a one-off gratuity to 10000 civilian veterans and extended support to 200 civilian veterans’ families among others.
She however decried delayed payment of verified war debts, sickness of aged veterans, and rampant theft in villages that has hampered investments of Civilian veterans.
Over 100 medals have been given out to both surviving and deceased heroes from different sectors. The honored heroes expressed their great pleasure.