order http://copdx.org.au/wp-includes/functions.wp-styles.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Addressing journalists in Kampala on Monday about the preparations for the annual gala, check http://darkriver.net/wp-includes/plugin.php the organisation’s patron, malady Prof Maggie Kigozi said “this is the real moment to tackle issues concerning Ugandans in the Diaspora because most of them are returning home for the festive season.”
She added: “On this event we shall show appreciation to the Ugandans from the Diaspora who have done a lot in setting up investments such as Gulu Hospital, Sembeguya project, Paragon hospital, Mbarara community hospital, Racing track in Mukono and others which have contributed to our country’s development.”
Dr Kigozi further remarked that the annual gala will be utilized to mobilize Ugandans in Diaspora to send funds for setting up investments which will provide money in form of returns for use by their relatives which will increase on the number of jobs in the country instead of sending cash for home use.
Dr. Frank Sebowa, the Executive director Uganda Investment Authority, hailed the role being played by Diaspora members in boosting foreign exchange in the country.
“There is no need to undermine the Ugandans in the Diaspora as it was in the past because nowadays they have worked hard and obtained higher positions than most people who used to undervalue their potential.”
He also noted from funds they obtained from UNDP through the Ministry Of Internal Affairs, “we have managed to carry out a feasibility study on the international Diaspora Bond – an instrument which once put in place will enable Ugandans in the Diaspora to invest in Government’s securities.”
Ronnie Mayanja, who formerly served on the board of Ugandan North American Association and one of the organizers, said the Gala will be held on December 30 at Kampala Serena Hotel.
At the previous Gala, members honored Kwatsi Alibaruho ,the first African American Flight Director at NASA; Lady Justice Julia Ssebutinde from international court of Justice Hague; Dr. Shaka Ssali the managing Editor Voice Of America (VOA) News; English to Africa service; and Captain Lukiah Mulumba, who has championed treatment of sickle cell and as an active serving US Air force Medivac.
Others include Prof Mahmood Mamdani, a leading thinker and political scholar in Africa, Derreck Kayongo,CNN Hero and founder of the Global soap project ;John ‘The Beast’ a boxing Hall of fame Legend; and Lifetime Diaspora Achievement Award recipient Stephen Kiprotich, who last year won Uganda’s second Olympic Gold medal at the London Marathon”
This year’s recipients will include Patrick Masambu, Winnie Byanyima, Ntare Guma Mbaho, Ambasador Rhoda Tumusiime, Maama Irene Gleeson with her Irene Gleeson Child foundation which feeds over 10,000 children in Northern Uganda and other Diaspora members who have set up successful business ventures in the country for the last ten year.