President Museveni will lead veterans, youth and well-wishers in a 60mile (100km) symbolic trek from Galamba in Wakiso District to Birembo in Kakumiro District to celebrate freedom fighters’ heroic sacrifices for patriotism, according to State House.
“The trek which should be on foot, should remind the elderly but also to sensitize the younger people, including the Bazukulu (youth), the heroic exertions of the freedom fighters who were doing for no pay, no reward – just for patriotism, (mwooyo gwa Uganda),” Mr Museveni said, according to a statement issued Wednesday December 18, 2019 by his senior press secretary Mr Don Wanyama.
The three-day symbolic trek code named “Africa Kwetu” will start on January 6 to January 9, 2020.
“It is hoped that the trekkers will cover between 15 – 20 miles per day before breaking in the evening over a bon-fire where the President and other veterans will address the trekkers about Uganda’s liberation journey with emphasis on the role of various organisations including The Front for National Salvation (FRONASA) and the National Resistance Movement,” Mr Wanyama said.
Trekkers will reportedly have an opportunity to field questions, interact, see (via historic clips on large screens) and hear from “those who sacrificed.”
The Trek organised by the NationaL Resistance Army (NRA) Archives Unit headed by the President’s Senior Advisor/NRA Alice Kaboyo comes 20 years after Mr Museveni, who has been in power for 33 years, did the same trek in 1999.
“Next year’s trek will culminate into building a historic NRA Museum at Kanyara in Nakaseke district.
Various individuals and corporate organisations from around the country have already registered for the trek that will involve various war veterans,” Mr Wanyama added.
This comes just days after Mr Museveni, 75, led another walk in Kampala in attempt to intensify the fight against corruption which he said was the biggest hurdle faced by his government, with some of his ministers and other government officials being accused of perpetrating the vice.
Museveni’s critics said the December 4 walk was a parade of corrupt public servants with majority Cabinet ministers staying away from the event, which started from Constitutional Square up to Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala.