Jinja City authorities are set to host the 38th National Resistance Movement (NRM) Liberation Day celebrations at Wakitaka playground in eastern Uganda.
According to Hon. Iddi Isabirye, the MP of Bunya South Constituency, who is the Chairperson of the Busoga Parliamentary Caucus, the people of Busoga will use the NRM Liberation Day to show that Busoga still loves President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and is appreciative of the liberation.
“Whenever you hear the Lusoga word Tulibasangavu Mwenamwena from any Musoga, relax and be happy because it’s a welcome expression pregnant with joy and hospitality that has for centuries become the trademark among the close to 4 million Basoga,” Isabirye said.
He added, “The expression has become the catchphrase on the lips of all leaders in Busoga ahead of this year’s 38th NRA/M Anniversary, slated for January 26, 2024, at St. John SS Wakitaka, Northern Division in Jinja City.”
The event, also known as NRM Day, is celebrated every year on January 26 to remind Ugandans and all peace-loving people of the country’s liberation from dictatorship.
Kirunda Faruk, Deputy Press Secretary to the President of Uganda, said that H.E. President Museveni will physically preside over the ceremonies.
Kirunda urged in a statement that those accredited to attend the function undertake COVID tests, including journalists who intend to cover the function.
“The COVID-19 test for reporters in Kampala will be taken on January 24, 2024, at the State House Lands Office along Lumumba Avenue in Nakasero, while for those in Jinja, it will be at Jinja Regional Referral Hospital on the same day at 9 a.m.,” Kirunda said.
On January 26th, 1986, President Yoweri Museveni, together with his fellow revolutionaries, stormed Kampala and ushered in a new chapter in Ugandan history.
Millie Babalanda, the Minister in Charge of the Presidency, while speaking to the press, has called upon neighbouring districts to travel to Jinja City to attend the celebrations.
She revealed that over 800 dignitaries are expected to attend and that the Uganda Police is going to ensure security by working together with other sister security forces.
During the swearing-in ceremony on January 29, 1986, President Museveni promised Ugandans a fundamental change.
“No one should think that what is happening today is a mere change of guard; it is a fundamental change in the politics of our country,” Museveni said.
The above promise created a central rallying point within the population to pull together towards rebuilding Uganda. This year’s theme, “Building a Country We All Cherish” perfectly ties together the president’s vision for the country since 1986.