New Vision (Kampala)

28 December 2012

Uganda: Kasese to Host 27th National Resistence Movement Anniversary

At least 10 bulls, over 10,000kgs of rice and unspecified quantities of soft drinks are to be consumed at the 27th victory anniversary of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) slated for 26 January, 2013.

The Kasese Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Milton Odongo, said Kasese will host the national function at Nyakasanga Stadium, adding that over 3,000 State-invited guests are expected to attend.

The district hosted the 26th army day, Tarehe Sita, on February 6, an annual event commemorating the day the National Resistance Army (now UPDF) launched the military offensive in 1981 that brought the NRM into power in 1986.

"State House has earmarked sh10m for the 10 bulls. Each must not exceed one million shillings," Odongo said on Thursday while chairing the second District Organising Committee (DOC) meeting at the Kasese Municipal Council Hall.

Referring to a letter from State House, he said he was under instruction to ensure that each bull weighs 100 to150 kgs.

He said he had also been directed to ensure that the office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) procures the bulls and the rice through the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets (PPDA) law.

He directed the CAO to implement an advertisement to kick-start the procurement process.

President Yoweri Museveni, who is expected to preside over the national function, is also to commission various projects, including the Kasese Youth Polytechnic and the district branch of the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) radio.

Also to be commissioned by the President are two cages which are being constructed in Katwe-Kabatoro Town Council on Lake Edward to protect residents from crocodile attacks.

Crocodiles on the lake have attacked, killed and injured several residents in the area since 2009.

While campaigning for Rehema Muhindo, the NRM flag bearer in by-elections for the Kasese woman MP last August, Museveni directed that cages be constructed to safeguard the residents against the maneaters.

According to the District Procurement Unit head, Moses Mugisa, the two cages are to be constructed at a total cost of sh54m.

Mugisa said the money was from the Uganda Wildlife Authority's (UWA's) Community Protection Initiative (CPI), a progarmme aimed at mitigating the effects caused by wildlife on the communities neighbouring the protected area such the Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The President is also expected to commission the Bukonzo Joint Micro-finance Project that processes and exports coffee to Japan and the United Kingdom.

The anniversary will be marked under the theme: "Lessons Learnt From Our History: NRM's Commitment To Create A Better Future For Uganda."

The Rwenzururu Prime Minister, Henry Kandabu, the new commander of the UPDF 305 brigade, Lt Col Moses Kwikiriza, Kasese Municipality mayor, Godfrey Kabbyanga, Busongora South MP, Boaz Kafuda and an Assistant CAO, Johnson Mutungwanda attended the meeting.

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