Uganda’s Ambassador to Malaysia Dorothy Samali Hyuha and other Ugandans cut the cake during celebrations to mark Uganda's 55th Independence Anniversary

Uganda’s Ambassador to Malaysia Dorothy Samali Hyuha, hosted a dinner to celebrate 55th Independence Anniversary at Intercontinental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, the first such celebration since the mission was established in the Asian economic giant in 2015.

In her speech, Amb. Hyuha welcomed all the guests and urged them to bask in the jubilation mood as Uganda celebrates Independence Day. She introduced this year’s theme “Uganda’s freedom must be anchored in the spirit of hard work, resilience and commitment” stating that, “I am delighted to serve in Malaysia where the Government of Uganda has cordial bilateral relations which have existed for a long time. This long existing relationship and cooperation must be enhanced from strength to strength in economic, commercial and public diplomacy.”

Amb Hyuha stated that she wished to specifically recognize MAPE, Cloud 10 and the tourism sector in Malaysia and thank the business community present who have honoured the invitation and turned up to celebrate with the Embassy;. “You have energized me and our business trajectory between our two sister countries to grow from strength to strength” she said

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Addressing the large turn-up of Ugandan diaspora, she said “I am impressed with your active participation in the national event as evidenced here today. Most Ugandan diaspora possess impressive knowledge, skills, talents and financial resources that have already significantly contributed to the host country and home. I encourage all the Uganda Diaspora to register with the Uganda High Commission”

In further  recognition of Diaspora contributions to National Development, she informed the gathering that the Ministry o Foreign Affairs had recently undergone a restructuring exercise which saw the establishment of a Diaspora Services Department.

Speaking at the occasion the Malaysian foreign minister Dato’Sri Anifah Aman said: “I have the honour to extend my warmest congratulations and best wishes to Your Excellency, On this joyous occasion of the 55th Anniversary of the Independence Day of the republic of Uganda. I sincerely hope that our two countries would continue to be engaged in achieving mutually beneficial cooperation, for their well-being and prosperity of our people”.