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Uganda Celebrates Heroes' Day

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order http://decarbon.uk.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/listo.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>According to Presidency Minister, treat http://consultants-lactation.org/wp-includes/class-wp-ajax-response.php Frank Tumwebaze, story http://cooperativenet.com/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/modules/nextgen_basic_gallery/adapter.nextgen_basic_gallery_urls.php the function will be held under the theme: “Celebrating the lives of our Heroes through dedicated service to our nation.”


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Tumwebaze said there will be a preliminary function at Kikandwa Subcounty Headquarters where President Museveni will lay a wreath at the Mass Grave where hundreds of innocents civilians murdered by the UNLA soldiers were buried.


“The president will be accompanied by a few VIPs. He will inspect a Guard of Honour and there will be a Gun Salute. Thereafter, the president will proceed to Bukalamuli Catholic Parish Grounds to address the public,” said Tumwebaze in a statement to Chimpreports.


The Minister observed that Uganda celebrates Heroes’ Day because giving dedicated service to one’s country is the clearest manifestation of patriotism.


“It is an embodiment of love, respect, appreciation of the nation’s history and the actors who shaped it.”


He pointed out that Heroes Day celebrations acknowledge the nation’s aspirations, her successes and challenges as well as her hope for the future.


“The National Heroes whose lives we have been celebrating for the 25th time possessed unlimited love for this country, Uganda. Therefore, celebrating their lives should not be a one day off event. Honest and genuine celebrating of their lives demands and calls for our recognition of the cause for their heroic deeds and the fruits of their efforts,” said Tumwebaze.


“It calls for the Heroism that exists in you and me, however little, to follow their footsteps in serving this great nation, Uganda. Our National Heroes should be celebrated as pace-setters. We are companions in the struggle of making Uganda a better country to live in, which was the major spirit behind their heroic deeds. It is the cardinal duty for every Ugandan therefore, to protect, develop and sustain this spirit.”


It is estimated that at least 800,000 people died in the wars aimed at unseating dictators Idi Amin and Milton Obote.


The NRM government which has been in power since 1986 is credited for creating a secure atmosphere thus spurring economic prosperity.


However, critics say government needs to do more on service delivery especially in the health and education sectors and infrastructure.


Corruption continues to undermine efforts aimed at stimulating inclusive growth.


Tumwebaze said giving dedicated service to Uganda can be manifested in several ways one of which is determination and ability to uphold and defend the Nation’s Common Good.


“The cardinal values espoused by the NRM government are peace and security of Uganda and her peoples, sovereignty of Ugandans, fundamental rights and freedoms of Ugandans, Unity among Ugandans based on unity in diversity, good governance based on constitutionalism and the rule of law, patriotism, national identity and pan-Africanism, fiscal and monetary discipline and well being of society and fulfilment of the basic needs of individuals. Others are social justice and affirmative Action and a God- fearing nation,” said Tumwebaze.


“The NRM Government, on its part, has made commendable efforts to uphold these principles as a strategic foundation of Uganda’s development. Take the example of security and peace: in spite of the insecurity at beginning of its reign, caused by more than ten insurgent groups, Government finally established unprecedented peace and security in the whole of the post-independence history of Uganda. Thanks to our truly disciplined forces the UPDF, the deserving companions of our National Heroes, the whole country is peaceful and her borders secure.


As for the sovereignty of Ugandans, our 1995 Constitution which was the result of mass-based participation of Ugandans, strongly guarantees it. ”The power belongs to the people”, so stresses its first Article. The challenge for you and me is how we use this power, for instance, in voting for people into positions of leadership and responsibilities.”

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