Museveni Honours Algeria Liberation Heroes

President Museveni honouring Algeria's heroes who fought against colonial occupation

Two days after his persistent fight culminated in government’s decision to shelf it proposed Bill to revise the voting procedure for the Kampala Lord Mayor seat, diagnosis incumbent Salongo Erias Lukwago has won back the favor of his mother party DP.

The party this morning officially sent him a request to come and contest on its ticket for the mayoral seat in the coming 2016 general elections.

Lukwago on Monday staged a defiant procession toward the national Electoral Commission offices to pick nomination forms; an exercise that had been suspended by the EC chairman Eng Badru Kiggundu, health apparently awaiting developments from the proposed Bill which would among others shift the voting right to City Councilors and not the people of Kampala.

The Lord Mayor, who defied police orders to stay at home was arrested and detained through Monday evening at Nagalama Police station.

Later that day, amidst protest from other contestants in the race, Government decided to abandon the Bill and maintain the status quo.

The Democratic Party in a letter dated November 18th is now pleading with the Lord Mayor to accept to carry the party flag in the coming elections.

“The purpose of this letter is to invite you for the party endorsement for your candidature, to avoid double candidature of people from the same party,” requested the DP Secretary General Matthias Nsubuga.

Lukwago has had a good share of misunderstandings with his party, which recently compelled him to form his own Truth and Justice [TJ] pressure group.

While the party officially backs former NRM Secretary General Hon Amama Mbabazi in the presidential elections, Lukwago is behind opposition Forum for Democratic Change Presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye.

Lukwago, who is expected to pick his nomination forms tomorrow Thursday 19th, is yet to make a response to the request.

If he is defiant, the party is expected to front Kyaddondo MP Issa Kikungwe to contest on its card in the mayoral race.
President Museveni is in the Algerian Capital Algiers for a four day State visit at the invitation of his counterpart President Abudelaziz Bouteflika that will see Uganda open its first ever mission in the north African country and seek to strengthen relations in education, generic trade and cooperation in the oil and gas sector to boost Uganda’s exports.

The President, clinic who arrived Sunday afternoon at the Houari Boumediene International Airport, was treated to a red carpet reception and inspected the guard of honor mounted by the Algerian, land, air and navy force and received a 21-gun salute.

At the airport the President was received by the Speaker of the Peoples National Assembly of Algeria, Rt. Hon. Mohamed Larbi Ould Khelifa.

Others at the airport to receive the President were the Algerian Minister of Energy Mr. Khebri Mohamed, Minister of State for African Affairs and Cooperation Mr. Lamamra Ramtane and Minister of Agriculture Mr. Ferroukhi Sid Ahmed.

On arrival, President Museveni visited the National Martyrs’ Memorial at El-Hamma hill in honour of the sacrifices of the Algerian people and the Resistance against colonial occupation.

He laid a wreath at the Martyrs’ Memorial, led by ceremonial guard while the Military band played solemn music.

The President later toured the Mujahid Museum and was taken through the political history of Algeria through the liberation struggle up to the post colonial times.

He signed the visitors’ book describing the Algerian Peoples struggle as heroic and a contribution to the African Liberation movement in Southern Africa.

Museveni signing the visitors’ book describing the Algerian Peoples struggle as heroic

Museveni signing the visitors’ book describing the Algerian Peoples struggle as heroic

During his visit, the President will hold a bilateral meeting between with HE Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of the Republic of Algeria.

Uganda is one of the biggest beneficiaries of education scholarships from Algeria.

The Republic of Algeria offers 50 scholarships to Uganda annually with over 200 Uganda students currently undertaking various under-graduate and postgraduate courses in universities around Algeria.

Fields of study include Dental Medicine, Doctor of Pharmacy, Mathematics and Computer Science, Science and Technology, Nature and life Sciences, Science of Matter, Economic Sciences and Commercial Management, French Literature, English Literature and Italian Literature.

Algeria has also extended training opportunities to the Uganda Police Force in areas of Security and Investigations.


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