This Friday October 9th 2015, Uganda will be celebrating her 53rd Independence Anniversary.
This year’s celebration will be held in Gulu Town, Kaunda Grounds starting 9:00am.
The chief guest will be President Yoweri Museveni.
This year’s theme is “striving for a prosperous people and country: The meaning of true independence “.
According to Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister for presidency and Kampala Capital City, Africa independence has been variously defined and or interpreted by its beneficiaries.
He says some have understood it to be a mere victorious replacement of alien White colonialists, a lowering of the colonial flag and the hosting of that of the newly independent nation, by the Africans.
Others define it as a process and a gate to eating big and acquiring easy wealth by whatever means by a few fortunate, he writes.
“But much as these interpretations may bear some grains of truth, independence is much more than this. It bears noble meaning and deserves greater responsibility.”
Tumwebaze said the history of the first twenty years of post-independence Uganda shows that our nation had more than a fair share of this unenviable experience.
“She sailed in this quagmire to the extent that by 1986,the country was experiencing absolute poverty inspite of the sugar coated descriptions of her economy.”
To him, the resurrection began with the restoration of peace and security for all Ugandans both their lives and properties and the reestablishment of democratic and constitutional governance.
“The much talked of and eagerly awaited for elections due to take place barely six months from now – are a result and a continuation of this democratic process.”
He says as a result, real gross domestic product (GDP) growth averaged 7%per year in the 1990s and the 2000s.
New statistical evidence from 2014 National Population Census shows that the Ugandan economy is about 20% larger than had previously been calculated.
“As we move ahead, the economy is forecast to grow at a rate of approximately 6.6% in FY14/15, and could maintain an upward trajectory into the near future, as oil investments and the large infrastructure programme boost construction activities.”
Uganda now stands well respected in the global community of nations as evidence in Uganda’s on matters of fighting global challenges like terrorism, climate change and HIV/AIDS and unemployment among others.
“As a country we continue to design relevant programmes and policies to accelerate progress towards middle income status and promote shared prosperity, let us take this Oct 9th as our day off to celebrate these massive achievements with our brothers in Acholiland.”