NRM of Uganda awarded the Late Kisa Fred Rwigema and Former President Moi

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Besigye, Muntu Knocked Off List of Liberators

   
Sunday, 31 January 2010 
President Museveni and wife Janet at a national function
The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) has today awarded medals to individuals who contributed to the liberation of the country, and controversially knocked off Col. Kiiza Besigye and Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu (pictured) from the list of those given the medals.

This was at the national 24th Liberation Day celebrations held today at Malukhu grounds in Mbale town, Eastern Uganda. President Yoweri Museveni was the chief guest and himself got an award in the Kagera category which his wife, Janet also won.

Among others awarded medals for assisting the struggle to liberate Uganda between 1981-86 were the former Kenyan president, Daniel Arap Moi , the late Maj. Gen. Fred Rwigyema and Gen. Tito Okello Lutwa (RIP) .

Moi who was president Museveni’s private guest tops the list of those awarded medals under the Nalubaale category.

Bush war heroes who were announced and given medals were Ministers Eriya Kategaya, Maj. Gen. Kahinda Otafiire and Amama Mbabazi, top NRM cadres Magode Ikuya , Zubairi Bakari (RIP) and Haruna Kibuye.

Others were Mrs Kasada, Sabiti, Bagarukayo, Naume Kakayi, Yusuf Wepukulu, and Zedekiya Karokola.
The medals were also awarded to Museveni’s brother, Gen. Salim Saleh and Lt. Gen. Ivan Koreta.

Gen. Elly Tumwine, Col. Fred Mwesigye, Bosco Omole, Musitu and Anita Kyomuhendo were also named and awarded medals.

Although we have not yet been able to establish the criteria used to select the beneficiaries, Col. Besigye and Maj. Gen. Muntu should have featured because of their known contribution to the struggle.

Besigye was bush medical doctor who later served as Minister and military commander but fell out with NRM in 1999. Muntu was on the other hand Army Commander for 8 years but is now an opposition FDC Secretary for Mobilisation.

The two men are now seeking FDC ticket to throw Museveni out of Uganda’s presidency.
Speaking at the function, former Kenyan president Arap Moi said that the new discovery oil in Uganda is to serve the whole of East Africa and added that he supports the ideal of East Africa to become one federation other than separate countries.

Moi who spoke in a mixture of English and Swahili said he used to come to Mbale and Moshi in Tanzania during their meetings to liberate the East African countries as Pan-Africanists.

He said that violence after minor misunderstandings in politics is no solution and people to always solve conflicts before resorting to armed conflicts.

Moi hailed president Museveni for helping Kenyans during the 2007 post-election violence .

President Museveni in his address to the nation said his NRM government has achieved all their 10 point programme that they set out during the bush war.

He prided in the professionalism, discipline and strength of his army saying that no body can intimidate him.

“The army is strong. That is why we chased (LRA rebel leader Joseph) Kony whereever he would go till he reached Central African Republic,” Museveni said to applause from the crowd in Mbale.

He said the Petrolium project would help Uganda to increase development of other sectors.

Museveni also officiated at the opening of a Uganda Clays branch at Kamonkoli and said he would soon return to the area to campaign for the

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