By Frank Kamuntu
Kampala: The Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Judith Nabakooba has revealed that the government is set to hold Uganda’s 58th Independence Day Anniversary in a scientific manner in a bid to curb COVID-19 transmission.
She revealed that the main event will be held on Friday, 9th October at State House Entebbe and President Museveni will be the chief guest and will be held under the theme: “Uganda’s steady progress towards economic take-off and self-sustaining economic growth.”
“Activities are going to be scientifically organized and the venue will be at State House Entebbe,” Nabakooba said, during her weekly press release on Sunday.
The exciting moment of all the event will be the evening online session of more than forty musicians who will be singing about love, peace and unity in Uganda.
“We also have a group of artists who have organised an online music show on independence day starting at 8 pm set to sing about love, peace and unity that we have in Uganda,” Nabakooba said, adding “This message of peace is crucial for us especially during this time of national elections.”
Nabakooba further said, “I, therefore, call upon everyone to spare some data bundles and be able to follow this online performance under the name UG Connect for peace and love. It will also be broadcast live by different TV stations.”
Piece Of Background
More than half of the current population was not yet born in 1962. It is, therefore, important to remind ourselves of the origin of the struggle for independence and the people who played significant roles.
Uganda, the ‘Pearl of Africa’, sits astride the equator in Eastern Africa. At the time of independence in 1962, after 68 years of British rule, Uganda had one of the most vibrant and promising economies in Sub-Saharan Africa (World Bank, 1993b).
Favoured with a good climate and fertile soils, the country was self-sufficient in food, and agriculture was the single largest export-earner. However, its potential for growth has been curtailed by more than 20 years of civil strife, especially between 1966 and 1986. The resultant economic mismanagement and civil war have had disastrous effects on the once-promising country.
Uganda obtained independence under a coalition government of Milton Obote’s predominantly protestant Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) and the Buganda traditionalist’s political party Kabaka Yekka (KY, which translates as “The King Alone”). Milton Obote became prime minister and chose Buganda’s Kabaka (King) Sir Edward Mutesa as his largely ceremonial President when Uganda became a republic in 1963.