One of Uganda’s cerebrated martyrs and heroes is Janani Luwum, the former Archbishop of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Mboga Zaire (Eastern DR Congo) who was killed in 1977 on orders of the then President, Idi Amin Dada.
As we mark 39 years of Tarehe Sita that marked the beginning of a protracted people’s war that built for Uganda a national people’s army, National Resistance Army (NRA) now Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), we should remember that the country’s dream for almost a half a millennium, was realized in our times.
Baganda say- W’osula olumu olubala (literally meaning that, even if you enjoy only one day, you will mark it). This is what is happening to most Ugandans now days. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Godfrey Bangirana, immediate former Director of Logistics and Engineering was evicted out of office on an order of a High Court.
President Yoweri Museveni has said that only trade will transform our country. He had met European Union envoys in Kampala. They included ambassadors and high commissioners from Belgium, France, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Hungary, Iceland, Netherlands, Poland, Austria and Sweden.
On October 9th 2019, we shall be in Sironko Distract, Bugisu sub-region, Eastern Uganda, celebrating 57th anniversary of our national independence with the theme, “Consolidation of national unity, security, freedom, and prosperity.”
In 1976, there was a lot of tension when the then President of Uganda Idi Amin resumed his usual territorial claims. This time he wanted to reclaim Rift Valley, Western and Nyanza provinces which were once parts of Uganda Protectorate.
There has been a mixed reaction on the President’s state of the nation address. Some people like myself welcomed it because it was timely and focused on issues of national importance, while others are complaining that it was too brief and wanting on security and foreign relations.