Army deploys as Museveni heads to Kisoro


Heavy trucks carrying UPDF soldiers have been seen enroute Kisoro where Labour Day celebrations will be held this year.

Rumour had spread insinuating that the army was heading to Burundi where protests resisting the return of President Pierre Nkurunziza are still raging.

The trucks were spotted driving through Kabale town last night.

However, some of the soldiers were identified as Special Forces Command (SFC) which guards the President ruling out the Burundi deployment.

Tomorrow, Friday March 1, Kisoro district will host Labour Day with President Yoweri Museveni as the chief guest.

Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, has already mobilised MPs and Ministers from the region to attend.

In a press statement, Hon. Kamanda Bataringaya, the Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations, says the International Labour Day is celebrated to recognise the dignity of labour and the important contribution that it makes towards the social, economic and political development of the country.

This year the Labour Day Celebrations will be held at St. Paul secondary school, Mutolere, in Kisoro District under the theme ‘Accelerating Social Economic Transformation through promotion of the Decent Work Agenda, Social Justice and Equity’.

The theme seeks to significantly improve specific socio-economic development indicators pertinent to transformation.

The achievements registered by Government in the Labour Sub-Sector are highlighted as; Operationalisation of the Industrial Court, establishment of the Labour Advisory Board, Medical Arbitration Board, Decent Work Country Programme II, Reactivation of the of the Minimum Wages Advisory Board, promotion of Occupational Safety and health, Externalisation of Labour, among others.

The National Celebrations are preceded by a Labour week which involves several activities including HIV/AIDs counselling and testing, cleaning of Mutolere Town Council, and tree planting among others.

“On my own behalf and on behalf of the Government of Uganda, I wish to express our sincere appreciation to the social partners (Employers’ and workers’ organization, our development Partners, Civil Society Organisations, and Private Sector) who have been supportive and are continuing to support us in generating employment especially for our youth,” Bataringaya said.

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