By Spy Uganda
Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) has today celebrated the 42nd Tarehe Sita in Mbarara District, Western Uganda where HE.Yoweri Kaguta dubbed the Commander in Chief of Armed forces scooped the most respected; Katonga Medal.
This year’s Tarehe Sita celebrations have been held under the theme: “Recognising the Sacrifice of the founders of the Peoples Revolution for social economic transformation.”
Tarehe Sita is the day UPDF marks the attack on Kabamba barracks in 1981 which launched the five-year struggle that brought the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government to power 36 years ago. The day is celebrated every 6th of February.
Museveni was honored for exhibiting extra-ordinary instances of heroism in the army and risking his life in the struggle for his country.
Before Chief Justice, Alphonse Owiny Dollo presented the medal to Museveni, Chief of Personnel and Administration of the UPDF, Maj Gen George Igumba said Museveni’s track record is unmmeasurable before adding;
“He is a nationalist, democrat, Pan Africanist, and statesman. He consistently struggled against tyranny and misrule of the country since his school days in tbe 1960s.
Through the 1970s, he struggled and formed Front for National Salvation (FRONASA) in the anti Amin struggle. FRONASA rose to about 10,000 combatants and played a decisive role in crossing of the Kagera river defeating the Uganda army then in 1979.
In 1980, Museveni formed the Uganda Patriotic Movement (UPM), to take part in the the elections. The activists would later be the firm foundation for the people’s struggle in the 1980s.
Museveni led the NRA in the 1981 – 86 war that ushered National Resistance Movement (NRM) into power.”