Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked renowned author Ngugi Wa Thiong’o to come back home in what could see an end to the writer’s over 30 years of self exile.
Uhuru made the request when Mr Ngugi called on him at State House, healing http://ceris.ca/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/3rd-party/bitly.php Nairobi today.
“It is time for you to come back and help us build the country, help ” Mr Kenyatta told him.
“This is not Kenya of yesterday but it is a Kenya that needs all your talents. Kenya has changed into a land of opportunities,” he added.
Mr Ngugi Wa Thiong’o went into self imposed exile in 1982 to London after being detained for one year without trial under President Daniel arap Moi’s regime.
In his writings, the author had heavily criticised the regime of strongman Moi.
The author had vowed never to return to Kenya until the end of Moi’s regime.
He currently lives in the US.
Uganda is today marking Heroes’ Day at Dwanilo in Kiboga District which was the epicentre of the 1981-1986 liberation struggle that ushered in the current NRM government.
The celebrations are being held at Katwe Primary School grounds, store http://collegenotester.com/plugins/vanillastats/views/dashboardlocalhost.php Karokora Parish, link http://cehurd.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/markdown.php Dwanilo Sub County, ailment http://clintonhouse.com/wp-includes/load.php Kiboga District where President Museveni is expected as the guest of honour.
According to Presidency Minister, Frank Tumwebaze, there will be two functions which include the unveiling of a monument in memory of those who died in the Luwero struggle.
This will be held at Dwaniro Sub county headquarters at 10.am and presided over by the President and a few other dignitaries.
Thereafter, the President will proceed to Katwe Primary School grounds to address the public gathering at 11.00 am
Tumwebaze said over the years, the history of Uganda has been determined or shaped by different individuals and/or groups endowed with extraordinary conviction in what is good for their country and her people.
They have always tried to defend what is right and to stop what’s wrong.
“Their works greatly impact on the Republic of Uganda, on her rather difficult journey to nationhood. These are our National Heroes whose great lives and heroic deeds, we will celebrate on June 9th as we do every year,” said Tumwebaze.
He said the Heroes’ works have truly and strongly served as ‘building blocks’ to our nation’s history.
“From time immemorial every part of what was to become Uganda had her local Heroes. These were dearly celebrated in unwritten literature – songs, lyrics, dances, etc. Therefore, we are not doing something new,” said the Minister.
“Uganda’s tumultuous journey both before and after independence is well known.
The hiccups would have developed into incurable cancers had a new generation of Heroes not arisen. This new generation analyzed the situation and drew the conclusion that true and sustainable independence could only rest on genuine security of citizens and their properties, democracy, political, social, and material justice for all, among other factors.”
Tumwebaze said the last twenty nine years of the NRM Administration make a loud, albeit humble, testimony in favor of latter-day Heroes.
“Even critics will surely confirm that the Uganda of 2015 is significantly better than that of the 70s and 80s. There have been so many positive changes. Some of these changes are so fundamental; the whole country is peaceful, the National Army having been built from scratch to an internationally recognized and respected military. UPDF is a beacon of peace in Uganda and symbol of hope in the region,” said Tumwebaze.