By Kampala Post Reporter
The Commander of the military police, Brig Muzeyi Sabiiti is one of the UPDF officers that received the Rwenzori star medal in Butaleja District during the 37th Tarehe Sita celebrations on Tuesday.
Others officers awarded include the Uganda People Defence Forces (UPDF) spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire, Brig Leopold Kyanda (Chief of Staff Land Forces), Brig Bakahumura (former CMI now CLE), Brig Micheal Ondoga, Brig Jack Bakasumba, Brig Mathew Gureme among others.
According to the National Honours and Awards Act, 2001, the Rwenzori Star medal is the third highest decoration awarded for distinguished or exemplary military service including great responsibility in military service.
The officers were decorated by President Yoweri Museveni, also the Commander in Chief of the armed forces.
During the celebrations, Mr Museveni assured Ugandans that the country has achieved a significant level of stability and nobody can disturb Uganda’s peace.
“Uganda is in peace and nobody will disrupt that peace. We defended the peace of Uganda when we were much weak. There is nobody that can interfere with our peace today,” he said.
The President also paid glowing tribute to the late Tanzanian President, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere and the late FRELIMO leader Samora Machel of Mozambique, for their outstanding support to the Ugandan freedom fighters through logistical, ideological and military training right from the 1970s that laid a firm foundation for the development of the UPDF.
The celebration of Tarehe Sita marks the day the then National Resistance Army (NRA) made the first attack on Kabamba barracks on February 6th1981 marking the beginning of the 5-year protracted armed peoples’ liberation struggle that propelled the National Resistance Movement into power.