President Museveni joined Ugandans to mark Heroes Day in Kasanje, Wakiso District, where he first laid a wreath on a mass grave that holds remains of 150 of our people, before he addressed the main gathering.
He thanked thousands of Ugandans who braved the rain to attend the function, saying they are committed children and grandchildren of our fighters.
We chose to commemorate this day because on June 9th, 1981, in Kikandwa, Nakaseke District, the then government army arrested nine of our supporters and executed them without any judicial process.
These supporters were led by Medard Lutamaguzi who had escorted me on June 6th to catch a boat on my way to Nairobi. They were arrested thereafter and executed on June 9th.
They were asked to reveal our whereabouts or get killed and they took the path of sacrifice. They chose to die rather than betray us. It is why we mark this day,’said Museveni.
And it was not just them, thousands more were killed. In Luweero Triangle, we have 33 mass graves. This day, therefore, is in memory of all those who had to sacrifice for the success of the liberation struggle,’he said.
About the infrastructure in this area, the government will soon construct the Mpigi-Kasanje- Nakawuka-Kisubi road. It is a historic road, I used it twice during the struggle and Battalion Five led by China and Kashillingi used it as we captured Kampala in 1986,’Museveni said.
We shall tarmac it, including the road to Busabala. The government will also construct a bridge from Entebbe to Nakiwogo. I also thank residents here for voting Peter Sematimba and Rosemary Seninde as your MPs.
As we celebrate our heroes, I must remind you about wealth creation. I urge you to emulate what I did in Kawumu on the demonstration farm. Follow our guidance on the four-acre model. Hon Sematimba will take some of you for a tour on the farm,’he said.
I reiterate that no one is allowed to chase bibanja holders from their land. It is not allowed in the law and I caution those doing this. I also sternly warn any soldier against involvement in illegal evictions,’he added.
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