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Amb. Kakonge Leads Ugandan Independence Celebrations in the US

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Amb. Kakonge - Ugandans in the United States have started a month of celebrations in honor of Uganda's 61st Independence Day, which will be observed on Monday, October 9, 2023. The event was organized through a partnership between the Embassy of Uganda and the local Ugandan community in Maryland.
Ugandans in the United States have started a month of celebrations in honor of Uganda's 61st Independence Day, which will be observed on Monday, October 9, 2023. The event was organized through a partnership between the Embassy of Uganda and the local Ugandan community in Maryland.
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Ugandans in the United States have started a month of celebrations in honor of Uganda’s 61st Independence Day, which will be observed on Monday, October 9, 2023. The event was organized through a partnership between the Embassy of Uganda and the local Ugandan community in Maryland.

The gathering took place at the Fairland Recreational Park in Burtonsville, MD, and included various activities, such as a community picnic and a friendly soccer match. H.E. Ambassador Robie Kakonge and embassy staff joined the Ugandan community in the Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania regions for these festivities.

During the event, Ambassador Kakonge expressed gratitude to the Ugandan community for being an exemplary and respected group known for their warmth and peaceful nature. She emphasized that the Ugandan diaspora is a priority development area for the Government of Uganda, which is ready to provide support. She encouraged Ugandans to collaborate in growing their businesses and explore innovative ways to contribute to their home country’s economy.

Representatives from the Montgomery County Board of Elections also addressed the community, urging them to engage in the upcoming US mid-term elections by showing interest in candidates running for various offices. They highlighted the importance of community recognition for having their voices heard in local politics.

Local government officials from the Montgomery County area, including Dr. Antwan C. Brown, Administrative Director of Middle Eastern American Affairs and African Affairs of Maryland, shared insights into available opportunities and resources for residents. They encouraged community involvement in areas such as community service and development.

The event featured a visit from US army officers of Ugandan descent, Lt. Simon Sekitoleko and Lt. Col. Frank Musisi, who were part of the US Coast Guard outreach team. They informed the community about opportunities for Ugandan diaspora members to join both the United States Army and Coast Guard.

As one of the highlights of the day, Ambassador Robie Kakonge officiated at the launch of “The Odyssey of the Nubi,” an autobiography by 2nd DPM Gen (Rtd) Moses Ali. The book narrates the challenges faced by the Nubi Community as minorities, including periods of ostracization, marginalization, and exile, and their journey to full recognition under the 1995 Constitution.

The event concluded with a friendly soccer match between “Uganda Cranes” and “Liberia,” in which Uganda emerged victorious with a score of 6-2.