The State Minister for Finance and Economic Planning Hon. Amos Lugolobi has today told locals from Kamuli district that bad times in Uganda’s history are long gone, following the arrival of NRA/UPDF.
“The era of doom is now history,” he said, emphasizing that what remains now is engaging people in income-generating activities for the growth of prosperity.
Hon Lugolobi made the above remarks as he officiated at the launch of the 43rd Tarehe Sita Anniversary at Kamuli Municipal Play Grounds.
He said that the achievements are a clear testimony that the struggle wasn’t in vain.
He commended UPDF for choosing to reflect on the enormous contribution of its energetic foundation, that is ‘the People’. “The masses have continued to support the struggle for social economic transformation as evidenced by their efforts towards the elimination of negative elements like the Holy Spirit Movement of Alice Lakwena and West Nile Liberation Front,” he explained.
The State Finance Minister further noted that the discipline, subordination, steadfastness and pro-people principles entrenched in UPDF troops have defended the territorial integrity of the country and created regional stability.
The Area Member of Parliament Hon Baroda Watongola lauded UPDF for providing employment to area youth and participating in other development projects in the region.
According to the Chief of Defence Forces Gen Wilson Mbadi, who was represented by the Deputy Commander Land Forces Maj Gen Francis Takirwa, people are the backbone of our security and giving back to the people through ‘Quick Impact Projects’ shows the Patriotic nature of UPDF.
He mentioned that the 43rd Tarehe Sita Anniversary is being hosted in Busoga Sub-region to continue retracing FRONASA roots, recognize earlier efforts to defeat the ‘bloody’ Holy Spirit Movement of Alice Lakwena, reward the locals for helping to eliminate the Iddi Amin regime, mobilize people to shun sectarianism and politics of identity, renew wealth creation models and ideological work among the people, and finally express solidarity with the people.
He concluded by noting that, “the best way to predict the future is to create it together.”
Ms Rose Birungi, the Resident District Commissioner for Kamuli district, thanked UPDF for fulfilling President Museveni’s pledge of ushering in a fundamental change. “UPDF does quality work. It promises and fulfills on all it’s projects,” she noted.
The RDC also thanked UPDF for utilizing local materials at all the newly reconstructed infrastructural projects, saying “ploughing back’ recollects confidence.
Speaking at the same launch, the coordinator of UPDF 43rd Tarehe Sita projects in Kamuli district and Director of Civil Military Cooperation in the Special Forces Command Col Owamagyezi commend the existing strategic relationship between the army and the people. He said they are in the district to renew their commitment to defending the country, participating in development projects, and deepening cooperation with the people through interaction.
The launch was also attended by the MP for Buzaya constituency Hon Martin Muzaale, Kamuli Chief Administration Officer Moses Mitala, Kamuli district chairperson Mugude Maxwell, Kamuli Deputy Mayor Kagabo Denis, UPDF Officers and Men, religious and cultural leaders, among others.
Earlier, the football match (at Kamuli Municipal Play Grounds) before the launch of Tarehe Sita projects between UPDF and a Selected Kamuli side, ended in 3 – 2 penalties in favor of the latter.
Hon. Lugolobi and Maj Gen Takirwa planted fruit trees at Kamuli Municipal Council headquarters in recognition of the President’s clarion call to conserve the environment.