The National Resistance Movement (NRM) government will tomorrow,January 26, celebrate thirty years since it came to power in 1986.
Tomorrow’s celebrations are going to be held in Fort Portal, a town in a region that bore part of the brunt of war during the five-year struggle that brought NRM to power.
Led by Yoweri Museveni, the NRM and its armed wing the National Resistance Army (NRA) stormed Kampala and its environs in the early afternoon hours, with the soldiers under the command of then Senior Officers Salim Saleh aka Caleb Akandwanaho and Patrick Lumumba of the 3rd Battalion taking over strategic locations like Radio Uganda and UTV; the Bank of Uganda and the General Post Office.
The NRM/A overthrew the short-lived six month regime of General Tito Okello Lutwa, which had earlier on July 27 1985 also overthrown the Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) regime of Apollo Milton Obote.
Other NRA senior officers involved in the Jan 26 takeover of Kampala included Elly Tumwine and Ivan Koreta, then Commander of the 13th Battalion.