Kitgum, a district in northern Uganda, is making final preparations to host this year’s Independence Day celebrations, which occur every October 9th.
This year’s 61st independence anniversary has the theme: ‘Sustaining a united and progressive nation: Taking charge of our future as a free nation.’
At the time of Uganda’s independence sixty years ago, Kitgum was part of Acholi district. Today, it is one of the seven districts in the Acholi sub-region.
The district is now the center of attention as it readies itself for this significant historical event.
For many, it will be a welcomed break, as the public holiday falls on a Monday.
At Kitgum District Farm Institute in Pandwong division, parade rehearsals were in full swing, as security teams prepared for the customary exhibition on Independence Day.
Additionally, the newly constructed Kitgum Main Market is set to be inaugurated by President Yoweri Museveni on the day of the celebrations.
Meanwhile, Museveni is scheduled to address the nation on the eve of the anniversary. His press team has stated that his 8 pm address will focus on the Independence Day theme and other national matters of importance.
Numerous special guests, including high-profile foreign dignitaries, have received invitations to attend Monday’s celebrations.
Among these invitees, forty-one individuals will be honored with medals for their distinguished contributions to Uganda’s liberation and development.
Earlier this week, Milly Babalanda, the Minister in charge of the Presidency, briefed Parliament about the upcoming event. She mentioned that East African leaders are expected to grace the occasion.
She also clarified that members of the public attending the celebrations at Kololo will not be required to undergo COVID-19 tests. Only the specially invited guests, seated near the President, will need to take a COVID-19 test, as stated by Babalanda during her parliamentary address.
Regarding this year’s theme, the minister emphasized that it acknowledges Uganda’s history and the compatriots who played vital roles in supporting the leadership, ideology, and momentum toward self-rule.
“The theme is rooted in the ideals of our independence founding fathers, who envisioned a country based on the rule of law, democracy, socio-economic transformation, and good governance,” she explained.