Government on Wednesday said there will be no traditional programmes and fanfare at this year’s Independence Day celebrations like it has been the case during the past celebrations held every October 9.
This, according to the Minister for Presidency, Ms Esther Mbayo, is because Uganda is still observing the Ministry of Health guidelines of the Standard Operating Procedures as government manages the Covid-19 pandemic, which has infected 9,082 Ugandans and left 84 dead.
“The day’s programme will be aired live on all television and radio channels across the country. As most of us are aware, Uganda got her independence in 1962 from our then colonial masters, the British. The journey since that time has not been an easy one because it has been characterised by many ups and downs. This indeed was by design. Our colonial masters handed us independence with a lot of confusion and tricky unresolved political issues that have made part of our journey very catastrophic,” Ms Mbayo said.
This year’s ceremony under the theme; “Celebrating Uganda’s steady progress towards economic take off and self-sustaining economic growth” will be presided over by President Yoweri Museveni who has been in power since 1986.
“A few VVIPs will join the president at State House Entebbe to celebrate the day,” she added.