By Fred Kiva
This year’s Heroes Day commemoration will be held at Kasanje Town Council in Wakiso district.
The event annually held on June 9, will be under the theme, “Celebrating the Courageous Heroes that brought the peace and prosperity we are enjoying.”
According to Minister for Presidency Esther Mbayo, Kasanje was a fighting corridor against a fascist regime of UPC in 1980s and was at first dominated by UFM led by the late Dr. Andrew Kayiira, before they joined hands with another fighting group FEDEMU of the late George Nkwanga.
The two fighting groups later merged with the NRA en-route to liberating Uganda in 1986. Addressing journalists at Uganda Media Centre on Wednesday, Minister Mbayo said, in celebration of the heroes, the NRM government fully recognizes that the spirit of Heroism can only be meaningful if Uganda is uplifted into a modern, stable and industrialized country.
“We are compatriots in the struggle of making Uganda a better country to live in, which was the major spirit behind the Heroic deeds. It is the cardinal duty for every Ugandan therefore, to protect, develop and sustain this spirit,” she said.
“The NRM Government, on its part, has made commendable efforts to uphold these principles as a strategic foundation of Uganda’s development,” the Minister added. She revealed that this year government is remembering the patriotic countrymen and women with pride because they did not die in vain.
She said, “As a country we have deliberately decided to focus on the youth as Heroism is no longer a thing only for the old.” “The youth are the ones largely working and capable of developing and defending this nation,” Mbayo noted.
Among the day’s activities will be awarding of medals to 100 distinguished Ugandans, by President Yoweri Museveni.