NRM is Sensitive to Cultural Institutions – Museveni

Hon. Jacob Oulanyah acknowledged the King of the Bamasaaba as one of the pillars of regional unity

Betty Chemisto, help a Uganda Police traffic officer who was caught on camera braving the rain to guide traffic on October 30th 2015 has been offered a university scholarship.

The Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) Vice Chancellor Prof. Benon Basheka last week sent in an official request to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen Kale Kayihura, sildenafil to let  Chemisto take up a free course at the Bugolobi based University.

The selfless and commendable act of this officer caught the public’s attention after photo of her on duty during a heavy downpour went viral on social media.

“As Uganda Technology And Management University (UTAMU) which was started to train and produce graduates with a new attitude to work in public service by officers in government, the private sector and the NGO sector, we sincerely commend this officer,” said Prof. Basheka.

This picture of Chemsito went viral on the internet

This picture of Chemisto went viral on the internet

He commended her for demonstrating a high level of professionalism and commitment to her work which undoubtedly contributes to the good image of Uganda Police Force.

“As a university, we are offering a scholarship to this officer. If she has a Bachelor’s Degree, she will be offered a one year scholarship for undertaking a postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration or any other postgraduate diploma of her choice. If she does not have a Bachelor’s Degree, the scholarship will be for a three year Bachelor’s Degree. The scholarship will specifically involve a tuition waiver on the program of her choice.”

In a letter to the IGP dated 14th November, Prof Basheka says the officer will be able to study without compromising her work obligations thanks to the UTAMU blended-distance learning mode of academic delivery.

“Given that she is a serving officer and needs to maintain her work, she will choose the blended-distance learning mode of academic delivery which requires her to work and study at her free time,” he said.

Chemsito was recently handed an award by the country’s head of traffic Dr Stephen Kasiima.

President Museveni has reaffirmed that the National Resistance Movement has always been sensitive to needs of the people and had responded thus in 1993 when people requested the restoration of cultural institutions.

“Government weighed this request carefully and when it was convinced beyond doubt that it was desired by the majority of the people, there we acted in their interest, approved ” Museveni said.

In a speech read for him by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, Museveni said the government recognized that it was vital for the promotion of cultural values, which had suffered following the abolition of Kingdoms by the leaders of the government in the 1960s.

This was divulged during the installation ceremony of His Highness Bob S.K Mushikori, Umukuuka (King) We Bamasaaba, on Sunday at Mutoto grounds in Mbale.

The President praised the Bamasaaba for the standard they had set in cultural transition.

He commended the Bamasaaba for the peaceful transition that they have had in their cultural leadership from one Umukuuka (King) to another.

“After witnessing several disagreements in hereditary succession, one cannot take it for granted that such transitions will always be systematic, peaceful and uncontested. I must commend the Bamasaaba for setting a good example to all other cultural Institutions in Uganda,” he said.

The President also reaffirmed that culture and politics can be complementary when leadership values are prioritized.

“Our Government recognizes that political systems can peacefully co-exist with our traditional kingdoms, as long as all the leaders are working for good of their people.” Museveni said.

He thereby urged the new Umukuuka to ensure that his people adhere to Government programs that will free the Bamasaaba from poverty.

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, also acknowledged the Umukuuka as one of the pillars of regional unity especially as he was a leader of people living on both sides of the border with Kenya.

Hon. Eng. Irene Muloni, Minister for Energy and Minerals, thanked the President for his donation of Shs100m towards the installation ceremony as well as the pledge he made to construct a cultural centre towards international tourism for the Bamasaaba.

The function was attended by religious leaders, diplomats, past and present Members of Parliament, cultural leaders from Tororo, Soroti, Busoga; and multitudes of the Bamasaaba from both Uganda and Kenya.

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