The 38th Anniversary of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Victory Day scheduled for January 26, 2024, is anticipated to draw the participation of around 800 esteemed individuals.
This yearly occasion commemorates the historical struggle for liberation led by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, spanning a five-year period.
Minister for the Presidency Babirye Milly Babalanda, declared that the anniversary festivities will unfold at St. John SSS Wakitaka Play Grounds in the Northern Division of Jinja City.
The choice of Jinja City as the event venue reflects its pivotal role in the liberation movement. Beyond the national event, district-level celebrations will be arranged nationwide, with local leaders responsible for selecting venues and dates.
This year’s celebrations themed “Building a Country We All Cherish,” embody the NRM Party’s dedication to ensuring the future prosperity of all Ugandans. This theme aligns with the objectives outlined in the NRM Manifesto 2021-26, prioritizing national development and progress.
“President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the leader of the liberation struggle, is slated to preside over the national celebrations. The National Organizing Committee (NOC) has extended invitations to approximately 800 dignitaries, who will be accommodated in the Presidential tent,” she conveyed.
To guarantee the safety of all participants, Babalanda assured that comprehensive security measures have been implemented.
The Uganda Police Force will oversee overall security at the venue, with support from specialized units, including the UPDF and others.
During the festivities, Babalanda shared that medals would be bestowed upon 53 deserving individuals, including the former Kyabazinga of Busoga, His Royal Highness Henry Wako Muloki OBE, for their significant contributions to the liberation cause.
She also underscored the accomplishments of the NRM government over the years.
“The country has witnessed substantial economic growth, with the GDP escalating from US Dollars 3.9 billion in 1986 to US Dollars 49.4 billion in 2023. Notably, infrastructure development, such as the expansion of electricity generation and road networks, has seen remarkable improvement,” she highlighted.
Babalanda emphasized the notable progress in the education and healthcare sectors with increased literacy rates and enhanced medical facilities.
Encouraging the media to actively inform, educate, and entertain the public, journalists were urged to cover diverse areas of national interest, expanding beyond politics to encompass issues related to national transformation.
The minister stressed the significance of cultivating a positive mindset, combating corruption, and promoting Ugandan products with value additions.
Under the guidance of Commissioner Helen Seku, the Patriotism Secretariat will intensify efforts to instill patriotism and ensure responsible management of public resources across various sectors.