President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, also the Commander In Chief of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), has praised Ugandans for their embrace of National Resistance Movement (NRM) ideologies, attributing them to the nation’s developmental strides.
During the 43rd Tarehe Sita Anniversary Celebrations at Busesa Grounds, Bugweri District, President Museveni, accompanied by First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Maama Janet Museveni, expressed gratitude to Ugandans for their acceptance of NRM ideas, underscoring their pivotal role in the country’s progress.
Acknowledging the importance of combating corruption for further economic growth, President Museveni emphasized the need to confront both corrupt individuals and those indifferent to corruption.
Highlighting advancements in security, President Museveni affirmed Uganda’s commitment to bolstering security measures, citing collaborations with regional partners such as Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, and Algeria for technological support.
Additionally, President Museveni paid homage to the people of Busoga for their contributions to the NRM struggle, honoring those who sacrificed for the nation’s liberation.
Vice President H.E Jessica Alupo emphasized the significance of safeguarding the peace and unity attained through the sacrifices of patriotic Ugandans, lauding the professionalism and discipline of the UPDF.
First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of East African Community Affairs, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, advocated for training Busoga’s youth in minerals studies following the discovery of rare earth minerals in the region.
Assuring support for the completion of Bugweri District Headquarters, President Museveni pledged involvement of the UPDF Engineers Brigade in the project.
Minister for Defence and Veteran Affairs, Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, expressed gratitude to President Museveni for nurturing a modern, disciplined, and robust national army.
UPDF Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Wilson Mbasu Mbadi, praised President Museveni’s leadership in fostering a professional and accountable armed force, affirming solidarity with Busoga and commitment to addressing security challenges in the region.
The event also recognized 51 individuals for their exceptional service to the nation, underscoring their contributions to Uganda’s development.
Earlier, President Museveni and the First Lady paid tribute to the late Alhajj Kirunda Kivejinja, former Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of East African Community Affairs, pledging support to his family’s SACCO.
The gathering was attended by dignitaries including the Third Deputy Prime Minister, former Prime Minister, NRM Secretary General, Ministers, Members of Parliament, and the Diplomatic Corps.