By Gad Masereka
Uganda Media Centre, Kampala – January 22, 2024
In a press briefing at the Uganda Media Centre this morning, the Minister for Presidency, Babirye Milly Babalanda, spoke passionately about the upcoming 38th NRM NRA Victory Day anniversary celebrations set to take place on Friday, January 26, 2024.
The minister began by reflecting on the historical significance of the day, emphasizing how it commemorates the sacrifices made by Ugandan men and women who fought for fundamental change during the five-year struggle that led to the overthrow of the immediate post-independence dictatorship in 1987.
“The 38th NRM NRA Victory Day is a day when we honor our fellow countrymen and women, whether living or deceased, who played pivotal roles in laying the foundation for the liberation of Uganda,” Minister Babaranda stated.
She went on to remind the public that the 26th of January was declared a public holiday in 1987, marking the victory achieved through the struggle for liberation. This day serves as an opportunity for citizens to assess their contributions to the ideals that sparked a patriotic flame in the hearts of the youth at the time.
The theme for this year’s celebration, according to the minister, is “Building a Country We All Cherish.” This theme aligns with the broader NRM manifesto for 2021-2026, emphasizing President Museveni’s commitment to securing the future of all Ugandans over the next five years.
Furthermore, Minister Babalanda announced that President Museveni is expected to officiate at the international celebrations, with preparations for the national event in Jinja City at Saint John SS Watchtower playgrounds on January 26th being in their final stages.
District celebrations will be held throughout the country, with district leaders selecting venues for commemorating the significant day. The minister explained that some district leaders, especially those near Jinja City, would attend the national celebrations, making district celebrations in those areas scheduled for later dates.
Addressing security concerns, the minister assured Ugandans that necessary measures had been put in place, with the Uganda Police Force overseeing overall security, supported by specialized units such as UPDF, ESO, and the Special Forces Command.
In closing, Minister Babalanda extended invitations to dignitaries for the celebrations, with strict adherence to COVID-19 standard operating procedures. She also outlined the program for the day, urging the general public to be seated by 9:00 am.
The minister highlighted the achievements of the Ugandan government in various sectors since 1986, including economic growth, infrastructure development, and increased life expectancy. She called on the media to communicate these successes and challenged them to engage with the government in promoting national transformation.
As the nation prepares to celebrate the 38th NRM NRA Victory Day, Minister Babaranda expressed her gratitude and wished everyone happy celebrations.