General Elly Tumwiine, the National Honours and Awards Committee chairperson, said the awards are meant to recognise and reward outstanding acts and achievements of individuals who distinguished themselves in service to the nation.
At least 561 individuals have been awarded different national medals at the ongoing 54th Independence Day celebrations in Luuka district.
General Elly Tumwiine, the National Honours and Awards Committee chairperson, said the awards are meant to “recognise and reward outstanding acts and achievements of individuals who distinguished themselves in service to the nation.”
Several senior political figures, civil servants, footballers from the national team Uganda Cranes, civilians and other members of the public have been awarded the Uganda Independence Medal.
The 1978 Uganda Cranes team have been honoured with Golden Jubilee medals as a token of appreciation for taking Uganda to the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Also rewarded is the current Cranes team that qualified for the 2017 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the first such qualification in the last 39 years.
Gen. Tumwiine said the Golden Jubilee Medals awarded to people who have significantly contributed to the independence of Uganda spanning from 9th 1962 to 9th October 2012.”
The government chose to adopt rotational celebrations all over the country to help Ugandans get a sense of inclusiveness.
Luuka district was chosen to host this year's national celebrations because of its historic involvement towards peace and security in Uganda, exclusively for fighting Alice Lakwena insurgency in 1987.
In the early years of the Museveni government, Alice Auma Lakwena mobilised fighters in northern Uganda using a mixture of charisma and superstition, with the aim of toppling the government.
Using stones, Lakwena managed to over-run some parts of northern and eastern Uganda until their defeat in Magamaga, near Jinja.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.