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CELEBRATIONS MARKING THE 26th HEROES’ DAY ANNIVERSARY

Tuesday 9th June, 2015

Theme:    OUR HEROES: BUILDING BLOCKS FOR A BETTER UGANDA

PRESS RELEASE

This year, Heroes day will be celebrated at Katwe Primary School grounds, Karokora Parish, Dwanilo Sub County, Kiboga District on the 9th June 2015. There will be two functions. Unveiling of a monument in memory of those who died in the Luwero struggle will be held at Dwaniro Sub county headquarters at 10.am. This will be presided over by his Excellency the President and a few other dignitaries. Thereafter, the President will proceed to Katwe Primary School grounds to address the public gathering at 11.00 am

Dwanilo was selected to host this year’s Heroes Day simply because it was the epicenter of the 1981-1986 liberation struggle that ushered in the NRM government.    

Over the years, the history of Uganda has been determined or shaped by different individuals and/or groups endowed with extraordinary conviction in what is good for their country and her people. They have always tried to defend what is right and to stop what’s wrong.  

Their works greatly impact on the Republic of Uganda, on her rather difficult journey to nationhood.  These are our National Heroes whose great lives and heroic deeds, we will celebrate on June 9th as we do every year.

Their works have truly and strongly served as ‘building blocks’ to our nation’s history.
From time immemorial every part of what was to become Uganda had her local Heroes. These were dearly celebrated in unwritten literature – songs, lyrics, dances, etc.  Therefore, we are not doing something new.

Uganda’s tumultuous journey both before and after independence is well known.
The hiccups would have developed into incurable cancers had a new generation of Heroes not arisen.  This new generation analyzed the situation and drew the conclusion that true and sustainable independence could only rest on genuine security of citizens and their properties, democracy, political, social, and material justice for all, among other factors.  

The last twenty nine years of the NRM Administration make a loud, albeit humble, testimony in favor of latter-day Heroes.  Even critics will surely confirm that the Uganda of 2015 is significantly better than that of the 70s and 80s.  There have been so many positive changes.  Some of these changes are so fundamental; the whole country is peaceful, the National Army having been built from scratch to an internationally recognized and respected military. UPDF is a beacon of peace in Uganda and symbol of hope in the region.

 The builders of such a force are, no doubt, heroes. They are blocks used in building a better Uganda.  Any keen observer will also notice another fundamental change of equal importance – the creation of a culture of democratic governance based on the rule of law and constitutionalism.  The present Heroes and those that have sacrificed their lives since the early 80s triggered Ugandans into reclaiming their once lost authority by instituting democratic governance right from grassroots.  The practice of electing local councils and committees from the village level upwards is a testimony.  It is a foundational block of empowerment to citizens of this great country.

The establishment of security and good governance has yielded many positive achievements: the economy has improved hugely, poverty levels lowered, infrastructure enhanced, social services improved to the extent that life expectancy has risen to 56 years up from 48 in 1986.  In education up to 85% of primary school going age children attend school, thanks to the introduction of UPE. There has been remarkable strides in the number of institutions of higher learning. Ugandans are aware that progress of services should not be seen only in quantitative terms. Quality matters to, and as such, Government is making efforts to improve the quality of the services provided.

All these achievements are positive indicators that our Heroic leaders past and present are leading us on the right trajectory. Uganda will have attained the level of middle income status in the not too distant future if left on the current path.  Government is now engaged in getting all Ugandans involved in the strategies of wealth creation and sufficient food production in every home.  Uganda should be a wealthy country with well fed and healthy citizens. Citizens should believe in themselves as responsible and capable of creating their own wealth, given the abundant human and resources capital Uganda is endowed with.

 WISHING YOU HAPPY AND FRUITIFUL CELEBRATIONS OF OUR HEROES

Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, MP, Minister for the Presidency & KCCA