President Yoweri Museveni has assured the nation that nobody will ever again disturb the peace of Uganda that was bought by the blood of Ugandans, warning that whoever tries to do so, will be wasting his time.
“We paid a lot of sacrifice to get where we are now. Where you are stepping now is precious ground bought by the blood of Ugandans. If anybody is deceiving himself that he is going to disturb our peace, he is wasting his time and ours,” he warned.
The President was yesterday speaking at the 26th anniversary celebrations to commemorate the Heroes’ Day at Dwaniro Sub-county in Kiboga district.
Heroes’ Day is commemorated annually on the 9th of June to pay tribute to the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives to liberate the country from bad regimes in order to restore meaningful democracy.
Hundreds of Ugandans from the civilian life, Army, Police and Prisons Officers, who contributed in one way or the other, not only for the liberation of the country but also in various aspects of life up to now, were today decorated with medals of different categories.
The awards included the Nalubale, Luwero and Golden Jubilee medals.
President Museveni, on his way to Dwaniro, made a stopover in Kikandwa, Semuto Sub-County in Nakaseke district to pay his respects to the late Babumba Luttamaguzi Edidian who was brutally killed in 1981during the struggle to liberate the country.
Mr. Museveni was received by family members of the late Luttamaguzi who led him to the grave where he laid a wreath.
The President also laid a wreath at the Monument constructed in the area in memory of the freedom fighters who died during the protracted armed people’s struggle between 1981 and 1986 in Luwero district.
Pastor Moses Kalibala then led the President to the unfinished Seventh Day Adventist Church whose construction is on-going.
The President pledged to assist them complete its construction.
The President then proceeded to Kirema in Semuto Sub-County where he met some veterans and wananchi who have embarked on wealth creation projects spear-headed by General Salim Saleh, by growing coffee and bananas.
At Dwaniro Sub-County headquarters, the venue for the main celebrations, the President performed numerous ceremonies for the commemoration of the freedom fighters.
They included the ceremonial parade by men and officers of the UDPF, firing a three gun salute and the laying of wreaths by the President and other dignitaries.
Mr. Museveni, told the gathering that Dwaniro was a holy place for freedom fighters because of the decisive battle fought at Kembogo on the 21st June 1985 that saw the defeat of the UPC forces led by Ogole and the eventual overthrow of the UPC government.
President Museveni thanked the people of Kiboga, Nakaseke and Mubende in particular and Uganda in general, for supporting the struggle for the liberation of the country.
He also commended the people of the area for waking up by engaging in commercial agriculture being intensified by the Operation Wealth Creation programme.
“After the war, the people here listened to our advice and moved from traditional to commercial farming. They are now doing better than those who are in places that have not experienced any insecurity because they did not listen to us,” he observed.
He observed that the government has played its role of developing infrastructure, health and social services.
He, therefore, called on wananchi to also concentrate on wealth creation at homestead level.
Mr. Museveni cautioned the people of the area against land fragmentation.
The Minister for Security, Hon. Mary Karooro Okuru, who represented the Minister for the Presidency, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, likened President Museveni to the statement made by one of the early scientists, Isaac Newton, who wrote in February 1676 that ‘if I have seen far I have stood on the shoulders of a giant’.
She noted that the peace and security now prevailing in Uganda, is because of President Museveni and the heroes who sacrificed their life.
The Minister for Luweero Triangle, Hon. Sarah Kataike, said her Ministry is finalizing the list of civilian veterans to benefit from the rewards
The function was attended by the Vice President, Mr. Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe, the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, the Deputy Prime Minister, Moses Ali, traditional and religious leaders, among others.