This year, Heroes day will be celebrated at Katwe Primary School grounds, Karokora Parish, Dwanilo Sub County, Kiboga District on the 9th June 2015.
Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, MP, Minister for the Presidency & KCCA says 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 as 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,” Tumwebaze said.
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.
“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.”
According to him, 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, Tumwebaze argues, adding, that even critics will surely confirm that the Uganda of 2015 is significantly better than that of the 70s and 80s.
He cited some of the fundamental changes as; 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.”
He says 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, he continues.
Tumwebaze said this is reflected in 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.”
According to him, 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.”
He reiterated President Yoweri Museveni’s message saying Uganda will have attained the level of middle income status in the not too distant future if left on the current path.
“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.”