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Affirmative Action Proposed to Aid Rwenzori Sub-region Recovery


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Education Minister Janet Museveni has suggested affirmative action to help the Rwenzori sub-region recover from various challenges it has faced for many years.

She acknowledged that Kasese District and the entire Rwenzori sub-region have endured difficult situations, including ADF attacks, floods, landslides, and civil strife. These issues have impacted access to essential services like education and economic empowerment programs. Speaking in Kasese District, she emphasized the necessity of affirmative action to support the communities in the sub-region as they strive to overcome these setbacks.

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Primary Health Care Minister Margret Muhanga delivered these remarks during the fifth graduation ceremony of Kagando School of Nursing and Midwifery on behalf of Janet Museveni.

Additionally, Muhanga extended the government’s condolences to the families who lost loved ones during a suspected ADF rebel attack on Mpondwe-Lhubiriha Secondary School in June, which resulted in 44 casualties. She condemned the act as heartless and emphasized the government’s commitment to securing the country’s borders and eliminating destabilizing elements.

During the graduation ceremony, 1,140 students received certificates and diplomas in nursing, midwifery, medical theatre techniques, and medical laboratory technology. These qualifications were conferred by Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi, the Vice Chancellor of Uganda Christian University (UCU).

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Mrs. Museveni encouraged the graduates, stating that as graduates of a Christian institution, they were expected to make a difference by serving God’s people faithfully and upholding the values articulated in their nurse’s anthem. She reminded them that they had been chosen by God to love and serve and urged them to treat people professionally.

South Rwenzori Diocese Bishop Nason Baluku challenged health workers nationwide to execute their duties with integrity. He stressed the importance of aligning one’s private and public life and explained that integrity earned trust, peace, and influence. He encouraged health workers to maintain their integrity, emphasizing that their words would carry weight even without a platform.

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A total of Shs82 million was collected for the construction of a library at the institution, with a Shs20 million contribution from the First Lady.