The Minister for presidency, Esther Mbayo has revealed that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, will award 100 medals to different people in various categories in recognition for their distinguished work toward the ‘liberation’ of Uganda.
Heroes’ Day anniversary is an annual event to pay tribute to people who exemplified and defended the highest values of patriotism and sacrifice for the wellbeing of the Uganda and its citizens. It is normally celebrated on June 9.
This year’s celebrations will be held at Kasanje Town Council in Wakiso district under the theme; celebrating the courageous heroes that brought the peace and prosperity we are enjoying.
“We owe a great debt to the sons and daughters of this country and all the other heroes who fought for Uganda to be free. The tree of our liberty was watered by their blood. It is a debt we can neither repay, nor ever forget.” She said
She said what is critical about Kasanje and Mpigi areas is that they suffered brutal arrests and death of the citizens especially after the botched attack on the Lubiri barracks by the UFM forces in early 1982.
“Kasanje was a fighting corridor against a fascist regime of UPC in 1980s and was at first dominated by UFM led by the late Dr. Andrew Kayiira before they joined hands with another fighting group FEDEMU of the late George Nkwanga. These two later merged with the NRA en-route to liberating Uganda in 1986” she noted
Adding “In Mpigi, hundreds of lives were lost to the whims of these state agents of the ruling UPC government as they assisted the army in hunting down anti-government rebels. Mpigi of the time encompassed today’s districts of Mpigi, Wakiso, Butambala and Gomba” she said
Among others, heroic values to be celebrated include proven integrity, patriotism and sacrifice, acts of bravery, setting a good example, truthfulness, and love for others.
“This can only be realized if we sustain the impressive economic growth, entrench our democratic values and jealously maintain peace and stability we are currently enjoying.” She said