SIRONKO – Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa will be a special guest at Uganda’s 57th Independence Day celebrations scheduled for next Tuesday, the minister for Presidency, Esther Mbayo, has said.
Addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala on Tuesday, Ms Mbayo said Mr Mnangagwa has been invited by President Museveni.
“President Yoweri Museveni will be the chief guest who has also invited another special guest Emmerson Mnangagwa, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe,” she said.
Mnangagwa secured a five-year term in July elections after the military deposed Robert Mugabe in 2017.
The minister added that the celebrations will be held in Sironko District under the theme ‘Consolidation of National Unity, Security, Freedom and Prosperity’.
She said the government has selected Sironko district to host the celebrations due to the big role that Bugisu region continues to play towards the consolidation of the achievements of the National Resistance Movement (NRM).
“Bugisu sub-region and indeed Eastern Uganda has achieved tremendous progress and this provides an opportunity to showcase this progress to the nation and finally as a token of appreciation to the people of Bugisu for their contribution to national development over the years including the participation of many people from this region in the struggle for independence and during the resistance days,” she said.