February 18 declared public holiday


Government has declared two public holidays next week.

In a statement, the permanent secretary public service ministry, Catherine Bitarakwate, declared Tuesday February 16, a public holiday in honour of Archbishop Janani Luwum.

Janani Jakaliya Luwum (c. 1922 – 17 February 1977) was the archbishop of the Church of Uganda from 1974 to 1977 and one of the most influential leaders of the modern church in Africa.

He was arrested in February 1977 and died shortly after. Although the official account describes a car crash, it is generally accepted that he was murdered on the orders of then-President Idi Amin.

In another statement, Bitarakwate declared February 18, a public holiday to allow all registered voters participate in the forthcoming presidential polls.

“First Deputy Prime Minister and minister of Public Service informs the general public that Thursday 18th February, 2016 will be a public holiday to allow Ugandans participate in the National voting activities being organized by the Independent Electoral Commission,” reads the statement.

On that day, Ugandans will be choosing a leader amongst the eight candidates; National Resistance Movement candidate, Yoweri Museveni, Forum for Democratic Change [FDC]’s Kizza Besigye, Amama Mbabazi, the former Prime Minister, Maj Gen Benon Biraaro, Maureen Kyalya, Prof Venansius Baryamureeba, Abed Bwanika and Joseph Mabirizi.

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