M7 Sends 20 Cows To Rwanda, Kagame Arrives Next Week


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The head of the livestock department in the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Theogene Rutagwenda, who received the cattle, said that they were long-horn cows of quality breed, according to Rwanda New Times.

Museveni pledged the cows during Kagame’s recent visit to Rwakitura, where the Rwandan head of state and his family spent the Christmas holiday.

“These are quality breed local cows and they are coming from President Museveni’s farm in Kisozi, Mpigi District,” he explained.

This is the second time the Ugandan head of state had fulfilled his commitments, following the disbursement last year of US$300,000 (Shs750m), which the Ugandan Head of State donated towards construction of a school in Kicukiro District.

Museveni had made the pledge while on a state visit to Rwanda, in July, last year, during the monthly community work (Umuganda) to construct classrooms at Nyarugunga Primary School in Kanombe Sector.

Rutagwenda explained the gesture as the consolidation of a relationship not only between two friendly leaders, but also the citizens of both countries.

President Kagame had also earlier given 10 long horned cattle, commonly known as Inyambo, to his counterpart when the two leaders visited Kagame’s farm located on the shores of Lake Muhazi, Kayonza District in the Eastern Province.

Kagame is set to be recognised in the forthcoming celebrations to mark the 26th anniversary of National Resistance Movement (NRM), for his role in the liberation of Uganda.

During his visit to Rwanda last year, Museveni said Kagame was one of the 27 NRA combatants who attacked Kabamba barracks before looting a huge cache of weapons. This was the turning point of the rebel outfit’s guerilla struggle before capturing power in 1986.

The schmoozing between Museveni and Kagame has confirmed reports the two leaders have ironed out their grievances, which at one time caused the Kisangani clashes in the 1990s, and are working towards development of their countries.

The main venue for this year’s NRM celebrations will be Sebei College Sports Grounds, Kapchorwa district, according to Information Minister Karooro Okurut.

“This year’s function is particularly important because unlike previous celebrations this is a golden jubilee year during which we are also commemorating 50 years of our country’s Independence,” she says.

The theme of the day will be “Uganda the Land of Opportunities: NRM’s Contribution During the last half of the 50 Years of Uganda’s Independence.”

Karooro says the celebrations will be a launching pad for a series of activities that will culminate into the Golden Jubilee Celebrations on October 9 2012.

The celebrations come at a time of increased opposition against NRM government’s economic and political policies.


While NRM has maintained peace and stability in the country for decades, it has fallen short on creating employment for the youth and eradicating corruption.

Museveni has since consolidated his hold on power by crushing deadly rebel groups especially ADF and LRA.

“We have come a long way as a country through the darkest episodes of our history especially in the first two decades from 1962,” Karooro says.

This function, according to the Minister, will also be a score card for the NRM’s stewardship of this country.

“While the NRM has registered remarkable performance since 1986, it is also a time to evaluate ourselves; it is time to look at the achievements registered and the challenges encountered,” Karooro notes.

“It is time to look at how NRM has contributed to the development of Uganda in the last half of the 50 years of our independence.”

Karooro says the function is aimed at calling upon Ugandans to be prepared to face the challenges ahead in order to propel the country forward.

“In the current world order, most of the outstanding challenges have an international dimension. The most salient of these include the world economic downturn that is adversely affecting us, climate change and the associated impact especially on the farming communities and terrorism,” Karooro says.

“Ugandans thus need to use this occasion to realise that while they must put the government to task to enhance delivery, as a country we must also pool our efforts together to confront these challenges. Finally, all districts will organise the celebrations presided over by the RDCs and we call upon all Ugandans attend in their respective districts,” Karooro concludes.


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