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Kasirye Gwanga among heroes as Kasanje hosts

The controversial Retired Brigadier Kasirye Ggwanga was among the prominent fighters during the Kasanje fighting corridor.  (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – Uganda will Sunday June 2019 celebrate the 30th Heroes’ Day anniversary, an annual event to pay tribute to people who the government says “exemplified and defended the highest values of patriotism and sacrifice for the well-being of the country and its citizens.”

Among others, heroic values to be celebrated include proven integrity, patriotism and sacrifice, acts of bravery, setting a good example, truthfulness, and love for others.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday morning, Ms. Esther Mbayo, the Minister for Presidency said the idea behind such a national gathering is to celebrate, preserve, protect and propagate the precious inheritance in the name of liberty our Heroes and Heroines left us.

She revealed that this year’s celebrations will be held at Kasanje Town Council in Wakiso District under the theme “Celebrating the Courageous Heroes that brought the peace and prosperity we are enjoying”.

President Yoweri Museveni will preside over the national event and he will also award different categories of medals to 100 distinguished Ugandans who have exhibited heroism in various ways.

Minister Mbayo said kasanje will host the national heroes day. (PHOTO/File)

Ms. Mbayo said Kasanje, was a fighting corridor against the ’fascist regime of UPC’ in 1980s and was at first dominated by the Uganda Freedom Movement (UFM) led by the late Dr. Andrew Kayiira before they joined hands with another fighting group FEDEMU of the late George Nkwanga. These two later merged with the NRA en-route to “liberating Uganda in 1986”.

Prominent fighters during the Kasanje include including Maj. Gen. Kasirye Gwanga, late George Nkwanga, Major General Adda Hussein (Retired), Brigadier. Mark Kodili (Retired) Col. Kalyesubula (Retired) and Capt. Kiwanuka.

Others to be celebrated include Major. RwamitiNyago, Capt. Kamya Nkima, Capt. Paul Kavuma, Major. Nsubuga, Lieutenant Nansera Lubega among others.

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