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NRM Liberation Day Celebrations Underway in Ibanda District

It has attracted thousands of NRM supporters from all walks of life. Students, farmers, politicians, and members of the business community started converging at the venue as early as 7 a.m. As celebrations went on inside the ground, hundreds remained stuck in slow-moving lines, to go through the mandatory security checks.
The stranded thousands of people waiting to enter the venue.

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Thousands of Ugandans were this morning stuck in lengthy queues snaking around Kagongo Demonstration School in Ibanda district to attend celebrations to mark the 34th anniversary of the NRM liberation struggle. 

The celebration marks the date in 1986 when the NRM Captured Kampala to overthrow the government of the day, after a five-year protracted struggle that started in 1981 at Kabamba Barracks by the National Resistance Army Fighters led by Yoweri Museveni. 

This year’s celebrations held under the theme; Celebrating NRM/A’s Patriotic Struggle That Ushered in National Unity and Socioeconomic Transformation, is the first national event to be held in Ibanda municipality, since its inception.  

It has attracted thousands of NRM supporters from all walks of life. Students, farmers, politicians, and members of the business community started converging at the venue as early as 7 a.m. As celebrations went on inside the ground, hundreds remained stuck in slow-moving lines, to go through the mandatory security checks.  

Edwin Byaruhanga of Kankyende Village says that he arrived at the venue a few minutes past 7 a.m. but spent more than three hours in the line to the checkpoint. 

//Cue in; “Mbwenu nyowe nakyera... 

Cue Out...eki nyowe tikakirebahoga.”//    

Kanyesigye Jane, another resident from Kigarama cell in Bisheshe Division says that she was amazed by the number of people at the venue. Kanyesigye says she spent more than two hours in the line.    

//Cue in; “neija aha mukoro... 

Cue out... Kwonka omukoro twagureba.”// 

Multitudes of NRM supporters were still stuck in queues by the time President Yoweri Museveni arrived at the venue at 11:49 a.m. To some, the hope of crossing through the check point was fading. 

At exactly 1:19 pm after the inspection of the parade, the national and East African Anthems were played signalling the official start of the event.  The function is attended by the former Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete.

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