President Yoweri Museveni has commended freedom fighters for their role in liberating Uganda.
The President made the remarks on Saturday evening at the wedding reception of the children of Maj. John Kazoora and Amanya Mushega held at Mawanda Gardens in Kireka, Wakiso district.
Museveni told guests that the newlywed couple, had, through their matrimony, formed a forum for him, Kazoora and Mushega to get together.
He thus called on the freedom fighters that are in the opposition to return so that, together, they may achieve what was pending because there are still tasks to be performed.
Museveni observed that in life and at different stages, people may disagree but “that should not discourage them.”
He said disagreements should not be the end but serve to communicate and resolve differences.
The groom, Arnold Akandinda Kazoora, is the son of John and Naomi Kabasharira Kazoora of Rutooma Kashaari County in Mbarara district, while the bride, Kobusingye Kukunda Mushega, is the daughter of Amanya and Mrs. Alex Mushega of Bumbaire, Igara County in Bushenyi district.
Mushega and Kazoora participated in the protracted armed people’s struggle in the 1980s.
Speaking at the ceremony, Museveni took some time to applaud the role of freedom fighters in transforming Uganda.
“The people who were being despised played a big role in liberating Uganda. Kampala City has been built all the way from Entebbe through Kampala up to Kireka. It has become one town. These fighters enabled it to develop to this stage. Their children and the youth at large will streamline it,” he remarked.
Museveni thanked the Kazoora family for inviting him to the wedding ceremony and informed guests that Mushega, as a Political Commissar, did a good job during the protracted armed people’s struggle that entailed sensitizing wananchi.
He noted that people of Rutooma in Kashaari County where John Kazoora hails from are pioneers in the promotion of education.
Kazoora who was in Kyamusisi in the Luweero Triangle was also lauded for receiving the youth who were joining the struggle.
Museveni donated 10 cows to the new couple in appreciation of their new step in starting a family.
He noted that through the achievements of their children, freedom fighters in the country have resurrected.
Turning to development, Museveni told the guests that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government has 4 principles, namely Patriotism, pan-Africanism, Socio-Economic Transformation and Democracy.
He assured the wananchi in Uganda that the government is committed to the struggle of eradicating household poverty.
He strongly advised the people of Kashaari as well as other areas of the country to fully embrace the Government policy of poverty eradication through the promotion of the Government projects that are entailed to boost household incomes.
Museveni said this could be done through the commercialization of agriculture, further urging people to grow coffee and rear dairy cows.
He equally called on the Igara community in Bushenyi district to put in more efforts in tea and coffee production, among others, to improve further household income of wananchi.
Museveni also used the occasion to warn the people in Uganda against land fragmentation that is usually set in motion after the death of family heads.
He called on the religious and other civic leaders to sensitize wananchi about modern methods of inheritance adding that people should only share the proceeds accruing from consolidated pieces of land as a means ensuring that land is not fragmented into uneconomic units on account of archaic inheritance practices.
Security Minister, Hon. Henry Tumukunde, highly commended Museveni for leading the freedom fighters during the liberation struggle.
“It is our honour that you led us in the critical time particularly during the liberation struggle,” said the Minister.
The Minister took time off to introduce some of the freedom fighters at the reception that included Amama Mbabazi; Local Government Minister Hon. Tom Butime; Lt. Gen. Ivan Koreta; Maj. Gen. Benon Biraaro, Brigadier Francis Takirwa and Col. Ahmed Kashillingi.
Kazoora, who is an old boy of Nyakasura School requested Museveni to assist them revitalize the school.
He saluted him for his presence at the reception and noted that when they were in the bush they were united.
Arnold Kazoora, saluted Museveni for honouring the invitation to their wedding ceremony.
West Ankole Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. Johnson Twinomujuni, on behalf of the Kazoora family, thanked guests for their love, noting that marriage is a journey of 2 people in love, the Bishop urged the new couple to fear and respect God.