President Museveni highlights the importance of East African integration, private sector, and skilling centers
Hundreds gathered at the Boma Grounds in Kitgum to commemorate Uganda’s 61st Independence Anniversary. The event saw various prominent figures, including President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, address the nation on crucial topics ranging from regional integration to public health.
This years theme has been “Sustaining a United and Progressive Nation: Taking Charge of our Future as a Free Nation.”
President Museveni’s vision of prosperity through integration
President Museveni emphasized the need for Uganda to integrate not only within East Africa but also across the continent. Drawing parallels with the United States, he stressed that integration is key to success, allowing easier trade and economic growth. He lamented that the importance of integration had been underestimated since Uganda’s independence and cited Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere’s warnings. The president advocated for regional, socio-economic, and political integration to support wealth creation.
He also commended the skilling centers established in Uganda, which have produced world-class innovators.
The role of the private sector
President Museveni urged political leaders and the population to recognize the vital role of the private sector in national development. He emphasized that the private sector can contribute significantly to the country’s progress with minimal government supervision.
Minister Milly Babalanda’s praise for President Museveni’s initiatives
Minister Milly Babalanda lauded President Museveni’s commitment to improving the livelihoods of Ugandans through initiatives like the Parish Development Model. She highlighted how his leadership has deepened Uganda’s independence and contributed to regional security through efforts in promoting East African integration.
Archbishop John Baptist Odama’s call for hard work and sensitization
Archbishop John Baptist Odama reminded the population that independence should be a catalyst for hard work and personal development. He stressed the importance of sensitizing the population to make government programs more effective. Additionally, he noted a slight decline in religious practices and urged people to stand firm in their faith.
He also addressed disparities in education, emphasizing the need for those ahead to help those lagging behind.
Minister Jane Ruth Aceng’s health warnings
Minister Jane Ruth Aceng raised concerns about the rising prevalence of non-communicable diseases, including hypertension, heart diseases, and trauma. She urged the population to adopt moderation and prioritize their health.
The 61st Independence Anniversary celebrations in Kitgum were marked by a strong call for regional integration and economic growth. President Museveni’s focus on these themes aligns with the broader goal of African nations to strengthen intracontinental trade and cooperation.
The recognition of the private sector’s vital role in national development underscores the need for a conducive business environment in Uganda. The emphasis on skilling centers and innovation reflects the government’s commitment to nurturing local talent.