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Uganda Prepares for January 26 Celebrations

NRA leader, Museveni, leading rebels to Kampala in 1986

29 years ago, this http://completehealthacupuncture.com/wp-content/plugins/google-analyticator/google-api-php-client/src/contrib/google_orkutservice.php a rebel group known as the National Resistance Army commanded by Yoweri Museveni struck at the heart of Kampala after a five-year guerrilla war, toppling the military junta of Tito Okello Lutwa and Bazilio Okello.

Bazillio and Okello had earlier overthrown then President Milton Obote who fled through Kenya before seeking permanent exile in Zambia until he succumbed to liver failure at a hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa on October 10, 2005.

Museveni would later fight several rebel groups in the North and Eastern region for almost the amount of time he has been in power thus delivering peace throughout the country.

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His government continues to come under fire from activists especially in regard to combating corruption and wastage of public resources.

Poor quality of education, increasing levels of unemployment and use of excessive force to crush political dissent also are a huge challenge to the NRM.

Celebrations

On January 26, Uganda will celebrate this year’s Victory Day celebrations at Boma Grounds in Soroti town. The chief Guest will be President Yoweri Museveni and the celebrations will begin at 7.00am.

This year’s theme is A Steady and Sustainable Transformation of Uganda: NRM’S Core Mission.

According to Security Minister Muruli Mukasa, “This Transformation envisages the Uganda of tomorrow to be fundamentally better from that of yester years and even of today. It envisages Uganda to have transformed from a predominantly subsistence, economy to an industrial – based one with a wide market both internal and external, for her products enriched through value – addition.”

According to a research carried out during the preparation of the Uganda Vision 2040, which is a very critical guide to the roadmap of Uganda’s development in the next three decades, Ugandans indicated key aspirations for their country.

These include living in a peaceful secure, harmonious and stable country at peace with their neighbors, where the rule of law prevails and fundamental human rights are strictly observed and having a corruption – free nation with strong democratic structures and systems empowered to be in charge of their (Ugandans) destiny.

They further said they cherished “having unity in diversity among themselves, sharing equally all opportunities that the country offers and have inclusive development; Uganda being an active part of a strong East African Community; equal access to affordable quality health and education services in order to create a healthy literate and well informed society in well planned and clear settlements with access to all social amenities; modern infrastructure especially technology, and constant supply of electricity to facilitate industrialization and protection of the environment.”

Others include having a highly moral and ethical society at liberty to profess and practice their Ugandan customs, cultures (especially progressive cultures) religions.

Muruli told journalists on Friday morning that, “Closely examined, these aspirations expressed by Ugandans, tie up very neatly with NRM Ten-Point Programme  (now expanded to fifteen) that was conceived by the NRM which is people – based and was born out of the historical realities of the country and it has had sustained, focused, visionary and realistic leadership.

An unbiased examination of the developments in Uganda during the last twenty nine years – the years of NRM administration of Uganda since 1986, reveals that NRM has not been wanting both in commitment to and actualization of the desired Transformation.  And this is to say the least.”

Peace security and stability

He  added: “Although security and peace are not quantifiable  like electricity we only see their effects on society, Ugandans can comfortably and proudly say that there is no period of time before or during the colonial as well as post independence period prior to 1986 when the entire country enjoyed complete peace and security as she is doing now.”

Critics, however, say the security of persons and property remains a matter of concern given the increased cases of murder especially in urban centres.

Muruli said NRM gave to Ugandans the power of directly electing their leaders that they had been robbed of for close to a century and that as of now Uganda has a strong force of elected leadership from the villages to the very top numbering more than a million leaders.

“Besides the gigantic steps in establishing security and democracy, Uganda’s economic performance under the NRM Administration since 1986 has been outstanding. It gives hope for the required Economic Transformation. It gives people confidence in NRM, the main builders of the Transformation. The economy that has sustained a growth rate of 7.2 percent per annum for the last 25 or so years is rated among the highest in Sub-Saharan Africa,” added Muruli.

He also spoke out on the improvement of the performance of the economy, saying it is impacting quite positively on the living conditions of Ugandans.

A survey conducted by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics in 2010 revealed that Ugandans living in houses roofed with iron sheets had risen to 62 percent up from less than 30 percent in 1986, in brick walled houses was 57 percent up from 16 percent in 1992, houses with cemented floor had risen to 27 percent up from 7 percent in 1992.

Statistics further indicate that the share of population with access to electricity has risen from 3 percent in urban areas in 1986 to 14 percent in 2013 and from 0 percent in rural areas 1986 to 7 percent in 2013 that of clean and safe water from 10 percent and 0 percent in Urban and rural areas in 1986 to 73 percent and 51 percent respectively now.

“In conclusion,” said Muruli, “this rosy picture of Uganda’s developments, much as it brings joy and pride to us all, is not the full Transformation. Transformation is a process, very often evolutionary in nature, and takes time to build.”

He said, “The gratifying thing is that we are already at a take off stage, and in the NRM, the nation has got experienced, patriotic and committed builders who have already laid a very strong foundation for this Transformation.”

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