President Yoweri Museveni decorates HH the Aga Khan during the 55th Independence Day celebrations in Bushenyi

About 100 people will receive medals during this year’s national independence celebrations at Kasasa sub county, Kyotera District, according to the latest statement.

President Yoweri Museveni who will be the chief guest will bestow the medals on the recipients.

The Day will celebrated under the theme: “Standing Tall to Celebrate 56 Years of Independence”.

Infrastructure:

According to the statement released for the independence celebrations, Uganda now has over 5200 kilometers of tarmac roads. “Several oil roads are being constructed, at the same time an airport at Kabale in the Albertine region is under construction to prepare the country to harness oil by 2020,” it says.

The statement says the above will be supplemented by a USD 3.5 billion pipeline from Hoima to Tanga to ease export of the elude oil.

“Expansion works at Entebbe International Airport to enable it handle the increased traffic are as well ongoing,” it says, adding that preparations for the commencement of works on the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) are also in advanced stages. When complete, the SGR will considerably lower the cost of Transport to and from Mombasa, it says.

The stamen says much of this work has been done by the Uganda Government money. “For instance, 58 percent of the funding for roads, has been done or is being done by the Government of Uganda money,” it says.

According to the statement, all the District headquarters, except for Kaabong and Buvuma, have now been connected to the national grid. And that the generation capacity of Uganda will further increase, once Isimba, Karuma and many of the mini-hydro power stations are completed.

Agriculture

The statement notes that during the financial year 2017/18, the agriculture sector grew at 3.2 percent, Industry (at 6.2%) per annum), services (at 7.3%) and ICT (at 7.9%).

However, it says agriculture registered the least growth in Uganda, adding that the slow growth in agriculture continues to be a cause of concern.