650 to be Awarded Medals as Uganda Commemorates Heroes Day

Government is set to honour and award various categories of medals to 650 recipients on Thursday June 9th as the nation celebrates Heroes day.

The function which will be held in Ssi Sub County, visit Buikwe District, capsule on the shores of Lake Victoria will be officiated by President Yoweri Museveni as the guest of honor who will also be accompanied by many other local and foreign guests.

Since 2001 when the National Honours and Awards law was enacted, over 18,000 medals of various categories have been awarded to outstanding Ugandans and some to foreign Heads of State.

This year, the celebrations will be running under the theme “Concretizing the gains of our Heroes is a duty for every Ugandan” meaning that every Ugandan by their contributions is expected to know and take as their duty and obligation to build Uganda through hard and honest works so as to pay vigil and eternal tribute to the heroes and champions, and to strive to be role models to future generations.

Frank Tumwebaze, the minister for presidency noted in a statement released on Monday June 6th that “the peace and stability that the country continues to enjoy was hard earned by a lot of sacrifices and bloodshed. The heroes died for Uganda and this country made a commitment through an Act of Parliament to celebrate them every year on 9th June.”

The day will also be used to mark 35 years since the brutal murder of Eddidian Babumba Mukiibi Luttamaguzi by the fascist second UPC regime.

Buikwe District was chosen to host the ceremony due to its historical contribution to the liberation struggle especially hosting another liberation movement (UFM) that was led by the late Lutakome Kayiira.

Tumwebaze called upon Ugandans to participate in development and contribute to the peace and stability that the country badly needs in order to be able to develop into a middle income status nation by 2020.

“Every Ugandan should pre-occupy their valuable time and energy with innovation to trigger prosperity if not for all, at least the majority. Those who attempt to preach violence remain and should be considered as enemies of this country,” the statement further read.


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