41 to Receive National Medals on Uganda’s 61st Anniversary

The minister for presidency, Hon Babirye Miily Babalanda. PHOTO/FILE

Uganda’s Minister for Presidency, Hon Babirye Miily Babalanda, announced that 41 individuals will be honored with national medals for their significant contributions to the country’s development during the 61st Uganda Independence Day celebrations in Kitgum District on October 9, 2023.

Traditionally, these Uganda Independence Medals are presented by President Yoweri Museveni to recognize individuals for their exceptional service and loyalty to the nation since its independence. The medals are categorized by the Presidential Awards committee, as outlined in the National Honours and Awards Act of 2001.

Minister Babirye Miily Babalanda confirmed that 41 people would receive these medals at this year’s 61st Independence Day celebrations. She highlighted that the theme for the 2023 event, “Sustaining a United and Progressive Nation: Taking Charge of Our Future as a Free Nation,” reflects the ideals of the country’s founding fathers, emphasizing the importance of a rule of law, democracy, socio-economic transformation, and good governance.

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Despite progress, Uganda faces challenges such as corruption and delayed service delivery, which some argue hinder its complete attainment of independence.

Uganda gained independence on October 9, 1962, after 78 years of British rule and has had nine presidents since, with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni serving the longest, holding office since 1986.

The upcoming celebration on October 9, 2023, in Kitgum District will be attended by President Museveni.

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