Premier Mbabazi Glorifies Visionaries of Uganda

viagra geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>While presiding over the launch of The Visionaries Of Uganda, a book authored by two budding journalists, the Premier commended their efforts, for coming up with such an initiative going a step further to publish names of individuals who outshone others in the various spheres towards the development and transformation of Uganda since independence in 1962.

Running under the theme ‘Celebrating dynamic leaders,’ the 210 pages handbook was launched on Friday by the Prime Minister, at a highly colourful Award Giving Ceremony attended by hundreds of the documented visionaries at the Kampala Serena hotel.

Beginning with H.E president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni himself; the book documents dozens of individuals who have steered the country forward in the areas of nation building, armed forces, economics, education, national resource development, public service, culture, religion and sports.

Mbabazi described a vision as a picture of the future, an inspiration articulating the dreams and hopes for oneself, organisation, business, ministry or country which must be shared by everyone in order for society to progress.

He revealed that formulation of Uganda’s Vision 2040 started as early as 1972 when President Yoweri Museveni led the country against the bad leadership of then President Idi Amin, to see a better Uganda.

Mbabazi and Hon Betty Bigombe (L) one of the chief guests on the ceremony

“I believe that it’s a fitting tribute to the distinguished men and women who have significantly and in different ways contributed to the development of this nation,” Mbabazi said.

He then added: “Rewarding success this way is a practical way to inspire our young people to emulate such successful individuals who have demonstrated dynamic leadership.”

Describing the piece of work as a ‘Useful idea,’ Mbabazi hailed the writers; Chimpreports News Editor, Rogers Atukunda and co-author Job Mwesigwa, for putting up a “reference of inspiration for our youths” and upheld that all efforts be made to ensure that the book is disseminated far and wide to as many Ugandans as possible.

Job Mwesigwa, co-author, journalist and political mobiliser NRM Secratariat

He also took a moment off to defend the customary annual award-giving ceremony by H.E the president mainly on Liberation Day, and castigated sections of the public who demonise it as an NRM show-off day.

“I think there has been a misunderstanding because at this national event, the president does give out awards to people who have distinguished themselves in various fields – awards meant only to recognise them and encourage others to work hard to develop Uganda.

“But you hear people making claims that these medals are given out to politicians and those who were involved in the struggle, which is not true.”

He also invited the writers to get in touch with the National Honour Awards Consulate in the office of the president, to “ensure that the presidency benefits from your research”.

Author Rogers Atukunda said at the event that the award giving ceremony would soon become an annual event to ensure that even more unsung heroes are brought out and recognised for their relentless efforts.

Rogers Atukunda, author of the book and News Editor,

“Like I said before, I did not write the book to attract attention but to honour those who have steered the nation to progress and inspire the young generation to aspire and dream bigger,” Atukunda added.

On the same note, his co-author Job Mwesigwa revealed that to “live is to dream and a life without a vision is not worth living. I hope this book changes the lives of Ugandans and puts them on a straight road to bigger achievements”.

“The book was based on Uganda’s big dream, vision 2040. I, therefore, call upon all Ugandans to walk together as we live through and witness this dream turned into a reality,” Mwesigwa pointed out.

The night was closed with a colourful awarding ceremony in which more than 90 personalities and companies received achievement certificates.

Betty Oyella Atuku Bigombe, the state minister for water resources was awarded in recognition for her peace efforts during the northern insurgency some years ago.

She appealed to Ugandans to take Vision 2040 seriously and translate it into collective action.

Other recipients included the Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Eng. Fred Kabagambe Kaliisa, Dr David Basangwa, a senior consultant psychiatrist and deputy executive director of Butabika Hospital and Lawrence Bategeka of the Economic Policy Research Centre at Makerere University.

Lt Col. Henry Masiko, the head of the National secretariat for patriotism clubs in the Office of the President, the Chairperson of the National Planning Authority, Dr Kisamba Mugerwa, and several government officials, companies, organisations and individuals also received the award.


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