President Yoweri Museveni hailed the freedom fighters as well as all the people who contributed to the liberation of the country from the dictatorial leadership of the past regimes.
He said that their sacrifices created visible impact by restoring the dignity of Uganda and her people.
“I wish to salute all those that have made a contribution to the removal of the fascist dictatorships which tried to thwart our freedom by using the gun to monopolize power over society. The dignity of Uganda and her people was restored,” he said.
The President was speaking at the Heroes Day celebrations held at Bukunja Sub-County headquarters in Buikwe district.
The celebrations ran under the theme ‘Concretizing the Gains of our Heroes is a Duty for Every Ugandan’. Central Uganda’s Buikwe district was chosen to host this year’s celebrations because of district’s historical contribution to the liberation struggle.
Mr. Museveni told the massive crowd that turned out for the celebrations that Uganda is no longer the pariah state inherited in 1986.
He said that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) victory secured the sanctity of human life in Uganda. He, therefore, appealed to all the people of Uganda to protect that sanctity jealously.
The President, who laid a wreath on the mass grave of over 100 UFP/FEDEMU freedom fighters, saluted all those who contributed to the struggle saying that the heroes of Uganda are not only those who took to the battlefront but the many supporters of the struggle, mostly peasants.
On development, the President noted that throughout the country, there are numerous road and electricity projects that are being executed with the Government of Uganda funding.
Mr. Museveni commended Uganda’s partners such as the United States of America, the European Union, China and India, among others, who have partnered with us in funding or offering to fund various infrastructure projects in the country. He cited some of the projects such as Karuma, Isimba and Ayago power development programmes as well as Oraba and Nimule roads’ projects, among others.
During the celebrations, President Museveni was awarded with the Katonga medal for his zeal residence under all odds to liberate the country.
The President gave national medals to various Ugandan recipients as well as Mozambique and Tanzania officials in recognition of their contribution during and after the protracted freedom struggle in Uganda.
The different medals awarded included Kabalega, Rwenzori and Nalubaale, among others.
He congratulated all those who received the meads for their distinguished services that made Uganda a better place to live in.