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Kiruhura: NRM Government hailed for promoting true independence

As Uganda marked 60 years of independence on Sunday, residents of Kiruhura district expressed gratitude towards the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) government under the leadership of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

The residents said that Museveni has clearly made and clarified the meaning of the National independence by letting Ugandans invest in businesses of their choice without any force as it was in the former governments of Obote and Amin among other presidents.

Apollo Mabati, the chairman Front for National Salvation (FRONASA) said colonialists did not help the country, they only created divisionism among leaders as well as citizens which left scars of hatred in Uganda.

Mabati added that NRM is the government which allows people enjoy themselves independently compared to the past governments like UPC and DP.

Nuwamanya Emmanuel Kabuhimbara, the chairman school management Nshwerenkye Primary school Rushere town council said the NRM government has promoted developments and that people operate businesses as well as National army becoming free with common people.

Nuwamanya however noted that the only problem in Uganda is the high rates of corruption among several leaders which has left the country lagging behind economically.

Tumusime Enock the Sub-county councilor for Rwenjubu Parish in Kashongi constituency said Ugandans should celebrate independence because there is peace, national security among other achievements.

Speaking during Uganda’s 60th Independence Day celebrations at Kololo Independence grounds, President Museveni attacked the European Union Parliament for “decreeing” on the construction of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) which draws crude oil from Hoima in Uganda to Tanga in Tanzania.

“Recently, there was a manifestation of Imperialistic arrogance and hegemonism by elements in the European Union Parliament whereby they decreed from Brussels that EACOP should not be constructed, until those arrogant actors permit us to do so. Parasitic elements from that part of the world, have been causing problems for Africa and the World for the last 500 years,” said Museveni.

President Museveni inspecting the Parade during Independence Day celebrations at Kololo Ceremonial grounds on Sunday.

President Museveni also emphasized the need for Uganda to champion value addition for Uganda’s products and avoid the hemorrhage of Ugandan products that are exported without any value added onto them.

“In Uganda, we to fight the neo-colonial politicians, civil servants, parasitic importing merchants, on account of this hemorrhage. Of course, it should be the political leaders that should evolve policies about these issues. The question, however, is: If the political actors do not see this hemorrhage, why should the academicians not see it? Are professors and academicians, not supposed to use their knowledge to see what is good or bad for their people?  It is a tragedy,” said Museveni.

Independence Day in Uganda is celebrated on the 9th of October each year. It is a day to celebrate Uganda’s freedom from British rule which occurred in 1962.

Uganda’s 60th Independence Day was celebrated on Sunday October 9th under the theme; A declaration of African interdependence and our shared destination. 

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