Govt unveils plans for Golden jubilee

Friday May 4 2012

By Sarah Tumwebaze

The government will this Sunday launch a number of activities that are intended to create a sense of patriotism among Ugandans during the commemoration of Uganda’s 50 years of independence.

Mr Muruli Mukasa, the Security minister, said the jubilee celebrations are aimed at reviving the spirit of nationalism among Ugandans.

“The main objective for the jubilee celebrations is to promote and reinvigorate a sense of patriotism within the Ugandan public and also to rebrand Uganda,” Mr Mukasa said.

The commemoration that will run under the theme, A 50 Year Journey (1962-2012) – A Good Foundation for Social and Economic Transformation at Serena Conference Centre in Kampala, will be officiated by President Museveni.
Speaking at the media centre on Wednesday, Mr Muruli said during the celebrations, the President will highlight plans and programmes for the year after which the official Golden Jubilee logo and website will be unveiled.

Recently, church leaders identified poor service delivery, corruption, the attempt by the state to block people from commenting on social matters, child molestation and child trafficking as key priority issues that needed to be addressed as the country marks 50 years of independence.

Uganda became an independent nation in 1962 with Milton Obote as the executive Prime Minister and Buganda King Edward Mutesa II as President.