Monday, 16 January 2012
KASESE TO HOST ARMY DAY
Photo and News By John B. Thawite, 15.01.2012
Kasese district will hold this year’s national celebrations of the army day, commonly known as Tarehe Sita, on 6th February.
Tarehe Sita is the day when the National Resistance Army (NRA), now the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces or UPDF and the national Resistance Movement (NRM), launched armed offensive on 6th February, 1981, which finally ousted the last UPC regime led by the late President Apollo Milton Obote.
“The UPDF will use the casino to renew our commitment to the country’s defence and security,” army spokesperson Lt Col Felix Kulayigye said while confirming that the day will be marked in Kasese.
He told this reporter the army will carry out various activities including immunization of pregnant women, children and distribution of mosquito nets to the aged in various parts of the country.
Kasese district chairperson retired Lt Col Mawa Muhindo, said the selection of Kasese for the day was welcome given the unique role the Rwenzori region played in the NRA/NRM liberation struggle.
“Kasese and the Rwenzori region have a significant historical relationship with the NRM because the NRA/NRM used the area as a springboard to takeover power,” Mawa said.
Meanwhile preparations are under way for the district to join the rest of the country in marking the 26th NRM anniversary.
The district function will take place in Kyondo subcounty.
Recently, the Information and Guidance Minister, Mary Karoro Okurut, said the day will be marked under the theme, “Uganda the Land of Opportunities: NRM’s Contribution During the last half of the 50 Years of Uganda’s Independence.”
(The writer is the Kasese District Information Officer and Focal Person of the E-Society Resource Centre)
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