BY UGANDA VANGUARD
MBUYA – Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has released a programme for the force 39th anniversary one week celebrations. In a press statement issued by Defence Spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Richard Karemire the celebrations commonly known as tarehe sita will be crowned on Thursday 6th February 2020 at Butolangu Grounds Nakaseke District.
“The UPDF informs the country that the main activities to mark the 39th tarehe sita
anniversary will take place in great Luwero area. The districts to be covered are;
Luwero. Nakaseke, Nakasongola and Wakiso (Busiro North).This area has been chosen because of the special historical role the people played during the 1981-1986 protracted peoples’ struggle to liberate Uganda,” he said.
The celebrations will be held under the theme “consolidating the UPDF strategic partnership with the people to guard gains of liberation”, noted Brig. Gen. Karemire.
He said the defence forces week commence on 28th January 2020 with a range of civil military activities in support of the local areas.
“These will be aimed at fostering harmony between the forces and the people by working with communities to conduct cleaning of institutions, urban centres, tree planting, engineering works and medical camps. Members of the public in these areas are encouraged to participate and take maximum advantage of these services.”
The following functions have been scheduled as part of the genera l program of activities:
- National launch: Tuesday 28th January 2020 at 0900hrs a t Ministry of Defence and
Veteran Affairs/UPDF headquarters – Mbuya.
- Regional launch: Wednesday 29th January 2020 at Timuna Senior Secondary School
– Kasangombe Sub County – Nakaseke District.
- District launches: To be conducted on 30th January 2020 at the following centres:
a..St Francis Health Centre III Migyera Nakason gola District
- Makulubi ta Health Centre III Luwero District
- Kizito Health Centre III Masulifo (Busiro North ) Wakiso District
“Members of the media are most welcome to participate and cover all these events, happy celebrations,” he added.
On 29 January 1986 Yoweri Kaguta Museveni addressed Ugandans for the first time as national leader after a five year bush war.
“No one should think that what is happening today is a mere change of guard, it is a fundamental change in the politics of our country”. Given that Uganda had been led by seven presidents and a presidential commission in the preceding seven years, few could have expected that Museveni would remain at the helm 34 years later.
The National Resistance Army and its political wing, the NRM, took power after a bush war that began in 1980. The NRM’s ten-point programme, debated and agreed during 1984, sought to “usher in a new and better future for the long-suffering people of Uganda on the back of a grassroots campaign to seize power”. It promised a peaceful, democratic future, free from corruption, and with basic services and economic opportunity for all citizens.