- Gen Kainerugaba told his guests that he was celebrating his birthday in public for the first time since 1986 when the National Resistance Movement captured power.
Kampala. Senior Presidential Adviser on Special Operations, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, on Wednesday asked government to build a memorial museum to document Uganda’s past wars and political troubles.
Gen Kainerugaba, who was speaking at his 45th birthday dinner organised by his friends from the military, Parliament and civil services, at Speke Resort Munyonyo, said: “young people” do not have access to information on Uganda’s troubled political history.
“Since we have a lot of young leaders here tonight, I would like to request that we work together to address this dangerous lack of information amongst the youth. For example, I don’t see why we cannot have a memorial museum, or expand the existing museum to include the many wars, rebellions and political upheavals our country went through. Can our leaders in government and Parliament work on this?” he asked.
Significance of the Museum
Gen Kainerugaba said the museum would help the youth understand how Uganda went through turbulence to achieve the current stability.
He said it is dangerous for a country not to know its history and risks repeating the tragedies of the past.
Gen Kainerugaba told his guests that he was celebrating his birthday in public for the first time since 1986 when the National Resistance Movement captured power.
“I want to thank all of you for attending this event. Thank you for honouring the invitation of the organising committee. We appreciate all of you,” he said
He proposed that a special fund be set up for projects directed at urban youth especially in sports, adding that when the modalities are worked out, the President would contribute Shs50m as seed money for the fund.
Some of the guests included the Chief of Staff Land Forces, Maj Gen Leopold Kyanda, the Deputy IGP Maj Gen Sabiiti Muzeyi, the Chief of Staff Airforce Maj Gen James Birungi, Lt Col Edith Nakalema and the commander of the Special Forces Command, Maj Gen Don Nabasa, among other senior UPDF officers.
Others were; businessman Patrick Bitature, ministers Evelyn Anite, Mr Frank Tumwebaze and Members of Parliament.
Maj Gen Kyanda said Gen Muhoozi has commanded against ADF in Bundibugyo, the war against Joseph Kony in the north and the war against the al Shabaab in Somalia.