By Spy Uganda
Kampala, Kololo: Delivering his speech on Heroes Day celebrations held at Kololo Independence Grounds today, the President of Uganda dubbed Commander-in-Chief, Gen.Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has said the recently attempted assassination of Gen.Katumba Wamala might have been fueled by the opposition to make Ugandans hate the government.
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We shall hold scientific celebrations for National Heroes Day at Kololo Independence Grounds tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/kVQATUOPhF
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) June 8, 2021
Museveni however was also quick to blame security for ‘laxity’ in responding to the crime scene in time which he believes could have helped to get the criminals.
”Katumba’s shooting has two sides; one could be opposition machinations, two, the laxity of our security. Because why did they take 52 minutes to respond to that incident?” wondered Museveni.
Unknown assailants attempted to end Katumba’s life on June 1st 2021 an incident that left him with bullet injuries whereas his driver and daughter died on spot.
Meanwhile, today Uganda celebrated National Heroes’ Day a public holiday in the Republic of Uganda observed on June 9th. The day commemorates those who lost their lives in the Ugandan Bush War (1981 – 1986).
History of National Heroes’ Day
Following the overthrow of Idi Amin in 1979, Milton Obote was elected President of Uganda.
The opposition party believed the election was rigged and this led to Yoweri Museveni forming the National Resistance Army (NRA).
On June 9th 1981, at the start of the Ugandan Bush War, Edidian Mukiibi Luttamaguzi was killed by the Uganda National Liberation Army for refusing to reveal the hiding place of Museveni and the soldiers of the NRA.
If Luttamaguzi had not made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the soldiers, the ensuing guerrilla war that brought the National Resistance Movement to power in 1985 could have ended in defeat.
The war ended with victory for the NRA on January 25th 1986, with Yoweri Museveni becoming President in 1986, a position he holds to this day.
In 2001, an act was passed in the Parliament of Uganda which recognised June 9th as Heroes’ Day in remembrance of those who contributed to the liberation struggle that ushered in the National Resistance Movement government on January 26th 1986.