Ugandans Urged to Utilize Locally Made Products

Dr Maggie Kigozi addressing the press on Wednesday.

The United States government has decorated six UPDF Generals in recognition of their exceptionally good contribution in the fight against terrorism and pacification efforts in Somalia.

The Generals were today Wednesday decorated with the prestigious Legion of Merit medals of USA at the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence headquarters in Mbuya.

The Legion of Merit is a US Military award issued for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. The decoration is also to figures of foreign governments.

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On behalf of the United States Government, ask General David M. Rodriguez, cure the commander of U.S. Africa Command headquartered in Germany, decorated Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, Lt Gen Andrew Gutti, Maj Gen Levi Karuhanga, Maj Gen Nathan Mugisha, Maj Gen Francis Okello and Maj Gen Fred Mugisha.

The last five are former AMISOM Force commanders, whereas Gen Edward Katumba Wamala was the Commander Land Forces directly charged with harmonizing UPDF operations in Somalia and now the Chief of Defence Forces of the UPDF.

Maj Gen Okello being decorated

Maj Gen Okello being decorated

Gen Rodriguez said less than 200 of the awards have been given to leaders of foreign countries and that the six are the first in Uganda. He further said the six awards were given in recognition of “the efforts and tremendous leadership that has been demonstrated by the Ugandan leaders in AMISOM.”

“Because of these leaders, because of what they have done in command of troops out in Somalia, the Somali people have a chance to live a better life,” he said.

He noted that part of their leadership effort was responsible for Somalia now having a seated Government. “I represent my Country to say thank you,” he said after a citation signed by the US Secretary of Defence was read shortly before the Generals were decorated.

Gen Edward Katumba Wamala recognized the external support UPDF receives in Somalia and specifically said the US government has been a very committed partner who never let the mission down.

Group photo with the decorated UPDF commanders

Group photo with the decorated UPDF commanders

“At some state you may find some getting fatigued but please let’s not get fatigued yet. We feel we are at the last lap of the run and we should go for the finishing line,” he said.

Gen Wamala added: “If we had not done what we together with our partners did in Somalia, the country would be a very big safe haven for the terrible guys (terrorists) and effects would be far reaching.”

He reiterated Uganda’s commitment to the mission saying, “We promise never to let down our ever committed partners and the people of Somalia. We’ll make sure the majority good people live a comfortable life and the few bad guys who sometimes have the monopoly of guns do not make life difficult for the many. We’ll remain focused on that and ensure the region is stable.”

Ugandans have been advised to prioritize home made products in order to boost the country’s industry and generate more employment opportunities.

While addressing Journalists on the preparations of this year’s trade fair slated for October 2, more about 2015, this web the Uganda Manufacturers Association [UMA] Head of marketing, story Dr Magie Kigozi expressed concern over Ugandans’ tendency of preferring foreign goods even when the country’s products are better than imported goods.

“It’s our task as Ugandans to consider our home made products because once you buy them, you are indirectly supporting your brothers and sisters employed by that company,” Dr Kigozi said.

Dr Kigozi called upon all young entrepreneurs to take part in the trade fair because they will have an opportunity of interacting with successful manufacturers.

Amos Nzeyi, the chairperson for the Uganda Manufacturer’s Association assured all people who are going to attend the trade fair that there will be a lot of exhibitors during the two weeks exhibition.

“We have so far registered 1300 exhibitors, 1000 from Uganda and 300 from foreign countries. We are
expecting over 250,000 visitors,” he added.

Preparations are ongoing at the UMA show grounds ahead of the trade fair.

Preparations are ongoing at the UMA show grounds ahead of the trade fair.

“This year’s theme of, ‘Enhancing Creativity and innovation for Market development’ clearly tasks all business manufacturers to adopt new ideas and technology if they are to increase their market. If there is nothing new among your products, then don’t expect any increase in your market,” Nzeyi said.

The trade fair that will be at UMA show grounds will run until October 11,2015.


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