New Vision (Kampala)

26 January 2010

Uganda: Museveni, Janet, Moi Get National Medals

Kampala — PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni, his wife Janet and former Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi were among the over 190 persons honoured with national medals yesterday for their contribution to the liberation of Uganda.

Most of them were honoured for the struggle against the Idi Amin dictatorship between 1971 and 1979. The recipients included combatants and civilians who belonged to the three liberation groups in the 1970s, namely, the Front for National Salvation that was under President Museveni's command, Kikosi Maalum that was linked to Apollo Milton Obote and Save Uganda Movement.

For the first time, liberation war combatants who never belonged to either FRONASA or the National Resistance Army received medals during the NRM's 24th anniversary celebrations held in Mbale yesterday.

The celebrations, presided over by Museveni, attracted a big gathering, with a big number of people wearing the NRM yellow T-shirts.

Moi received the Nalubaale Medal for his contribution to the political struggle against dictatorship in Uganda. The medal is for civilian activists who have contributed to the political development of Uganda either through armed struggle or civil disobedience. Museveni referred to Moi as a freedom fighter.

Moi was accompanied by the Kenyan High Commissioner to Uganda, Japhet Ratemo Gitugi and former nominated MP Mark Too.

"I thank Museveni for decorating me with this medal in recognition of the services I contributed to East Africa. Mbale is not new to me. From 1959 to the 1980s, we used to meet in Mbale and Moshi town in Tanzania during the independence struggles," Moi remarked as he received his medal.

"We looked to ourselves as African nationalists. We were not motivated by tribe or religion. I am glad to be back in Mbale after 50 years."

Museveni was decorated with the Kagera Medal, which is given to people for their military contribution to the liberation of Uganda.

Museveni first decorated Moi and he was in turn decorated by the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima.

The chairperson of the presidential awards committee, which manages the awards, Prof. Mondo Kagonyera, looked on. A number of NRM historicals were also decorated with the Kagera Medal.

Gen. Elly Tumwine, a member of the awards committee, said the beneficiaries participated in fighting dictatorship, especially in FRONASA, Kikosi Maalum and Save Uganda Movement.

Individuals from Kikosi Maalum who were given medals included the late former President General Tito Okello Lutwa, Gen. Bazilio Olara Okello, Major General David Oyite Ojok, Brig. Smith Opon Acak, Col. Tony Otoa and Maj. Gen. Zed Maruru.

Among those in the Save Uganda Movement honoured included former minister in the Obote II regime, Col. William Omaria.

For the FRONASA, those honoured included Eriya Kategaya, Amama Mbabazi, Ruhakana Rugunda, Kahinda Otafiire, Mrs. Janet Museveni, Joan Kategaya, Jackline Mbabazi, Ivan Koreta, Gen Salim Saleh and Gen Elly Tumwine. They were decorated with the Kagera Medal. Others were Maumbe Mukhwana, Magode Ikuya, Zubair Bakari and Haruna Kibuye.

Chefe Ali and Fred Rwigyema, among others, were honoured posthumously.

The ceremony held at the Malukhu grounds near Mbale town were attended by thousands of people who braved the scorching sun.

Several dignitaries including diplomats and government officials attended.

The Police and army bands played for the parade mounted by the armed forces and flanked by several civilian organisations.

FRONASA was formed in 1971 is Dar- es-Salaam by Museveni and several others in exile in Tanzania who were opposed to Idi Amin but not ready to work with Obote.

Kikosi Maalum (meaning Special Force in Swahili) was a militia of Ugandan exiles formed in Tanzania to fight against Amin and was led by Milton Obote. Besides FRONASA and Kikosi Maalum, there were other smaller groups that included Save Uganda Movement.

All the groups merged to form the Uganda National Liberation Front (UNLF) and its military wing, the Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA), in 1979 to fight alongside Tanzanian forces, which osuted Idi Amin.

The Kikosi Maalum forces were commanded by David Oyite-Ojok and Tito Okello.

Full list of medalists

KAGERA MEDAL

FRONASA group

Yoweri Museveni

Eriya Kategaya

Mawumbe Mukhwana

Magode Ikuya

Zubairi Bakari

Haruna Kibuye

Amama Mbabazi

Ruhakana Rugunda

Kahinda Otafiire

Kasadha Robinah

Ochwo

Sabiiti

Bagarukayo Bushaija

Bwenge

Kakai Mawumbe

Mariam Mukwana

Lusesi Mairosi

Wephukulu Mayega

Mukuwa Wanzara

Janet Museveni

Joan Kategaya

Zedekia Karokora

Jacqueline Mbabazi

Fr. C. Okoth

Ivan Koreta

Caleb Akandwanaho (Salim Saleh)

Musitu

Maj. Bosco Omure

Martin Zoyoni

Yahaya Mukasa

Wambi Swaibu

John Masa

William Kakooza

Walendo Paulo

Nagango Patrick

Magombe Stephen

Kakara Kigayi

Kuloba Robert

Wanyera Godfrey

Elly Tumwine

Anita Kyomuhendo

Fred Mwesigye

Posthumous awards

Ahmed Seguya

Joseph Butwali

Karambuzi

Nkoko

Ntare

Malibi Awori

Kalundu

Laaki

Buhanika N

Lubereza Fred

Wangula Wapondo

Wabudeya

Mario Tumbo

Kanyanya Buwahale

Muyonga Hassan

Wanyera Anthony

Kambia Mutuye

Baker Khassim

Namis Pater

Mwalye John

Netungu Wilson

Kamuli

Juma

Malika Kutosi

Moses Meyo

Musuya Robert

Latif

Bukuwa

Kamaya

Kisimba Masiko

Wilson Hakiza

Nakosi Pauline

Otyeno Owino

Masi Wanetosi

Nandudu Nabilele

Kuloba Wangwe

Wakibi

Dan Wangwe

Kitale Wamano

Wamono Musala

Wanguta

Jack Wamusilu

Patrick Mulyalya

Ali Muwanga

Muhammed Kisoro

Julius Wanzi

Kandudu Mukasa

Mrs. Bitwali

Muleefu Wabuna

Chefe Ali

Fred Rwigyema

Sam Magara

Muntu

Sam Katabarwa

Bitek

Francis Pipino

Makosa

Dengo

Mukili

Kakooza

Peter Mugasha

First Luck

Peter Erabati

Enyongu

Bango

Topiz

Omar

Wilson Wangisi

Ebin Kashanku

Richard Karim

Raymond Wade

Ibin Mubarak

KIKOSI MAALUM

Tito Okello Lutwa

Bazilio Olara Okello

David Oyite Ojok

Smith Opon Acak

Maj. Tony Otoa

Maj. Bosco Omure

Maj. Dr. J. Okullo

Maj. Gen Zed Malulu

SAVE UGANDA MOVEMENT

Maj. Gen Okello

Col William Omaria

Col Babula

Col. Bazalaki

Col.Chris Mudoola

Zakayo Kimeze

Maj. Kimumwe

Col Mutumba

NALUBAALE

H.E. Daniel arap Moi

Ted Wamusi

Wilson Wamimbi

Situma Munyanda

Francis Wanyina

George Wanalobi

Peter Nambafu

Alice Wabusa

Abdul Walibwa

Moses Sekandi

Abbas Wanafwa

Issa Namara

Gertrude Wamusi

Perez Mulakha

Michael Wmayeku

Charles Okweny

John Egesa

Nasur Musosi

Davis Mazune

Lukeman Masaba

Rose Nandudu

Goretti Nabukonde

Edirisa Wakadala

Patrick Bungusa

Jacob Wekesa

Congo Situma

John Maleka

Issa Sebakaki

Edisa Masiga

Lt. Col. Namundanyi

Cornelius Wekunya

(retired journalist)

James Magode Ikuya

Victor Wanyoto

Eunice Nambuya

Mukuya Wanzara

Rogers Wanda

Beth Mawumbe

John W.Kazzora (late)

Gwenny Kazzora (late)

Charles Katungi (late)

David Kangire (late)

James Birahanze (late)

Valeriano Rwaheru (late)

Martin Mwesigwa (late)

Mwesigwa Black (late)

Woku Mpiima (late)

Lubanga (late)

Mbigiti (late)

Eng. Kasadha (late)

Mrs. Kasadha

Gittle Katungi

Flavia Mulumba

Dorah Mutashwera

Blandina Kateteyi

Sgt. Lino Okiria

Jacob Okello

Labeja Obwona

Victor Amanya

Dennis Echwo

Ochwo

Bright Omongin

Compiled by Joyce Namutebi and Hellen Mukiibi

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