Ugandans Open Hearts on National Medals


for sale geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>In an interview by Chimpreports among the people of Kampala, they expressed concern over the president using the event to award only royalists to the ruling NRM government leaving out other people who they say contributed a lot to the development of the country.

“Unfortunately the word hero seems to have lost meaning and medals are being awarded to the undeserved yet there are many people out there who are owed for the moral, financial and physical effort they put in to the development of the country,” explained one Justin Okot Ochan an accountant.

According to Okot, medals should have been extended to individuals like Ben Kiwanuka, Milton Obote and Olympics gold medal winner John Akiibua for their sacrifice towards the politics and image of the country.

“This is being unfair if only those who fought during the 1986 NRA bush war and are still loyal to the ruling NRM government are considered yet there are many out there whose contribution can’t go without being mentioned but are now not in good terms with government.

Why would you rule out Maj. Gen Muntu(Mugisha) who is one of the longest serving army commanders because he is no longer in your good books?” questioned Nicholas Mubiru a special hire driver along Kampala road.

Sarah Ssemakadde a newspaper vendor however urged government to consider whoever played a role in the liberation of the country but not limited to only those in good books with government which she said is an act of discrimination.

“People like Kiiza Besigye (former FDC President) and others who did a lot in the liberation struggle yet are no longer in good books with government needs to be appreciated for their contribution.

Does being anti government erase their contribution towards the struggle? That needs to be looked into if we are really rewarding contributors of peace and security.”

Speaking at the ceremony yesterday, Gen Elly Tumwine, the chairperson of the Heroes Medal Award Committee, assured the public that those whose names were not among those receiving medals would be considered during other ceremonies.

The Heroes day was recognized after an Act was passed in 2001 by parliament and is celebrated on 9th June every year in memory of the gallant sons and daughters who sacrificed their lives to restore peace and security in the country.


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