M7 invites investors (UGANDA)

PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni yesterday invited more international investors, saying Uganda was stable. He caused laughter when he described Libyan President Muamar Gaddafi's bush-war donation of 96 AK47s, bullets, 100 landmines, RPGs and five machineguns as just a few guns.


Museveni, speaking at the 17th Heroes Day celebrations at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds, said the northern war was ending, adding that the Government would turn to developing infrastructure, improving household income and resettling people in the war-affected region.

"Uganda is home for everybody who is law-abiding. I have been told that there is even an Indian who had started bringing prostitutes from India. That shows that internationally, people have known that the country is stable and people can do business. Imagine someone sitting in India and looks across the whole world and decides to do this business in Uganda. That shows how far we have gone," Museveni said, amid cheers from the audience.

Museveni narrated an incident of June 9, 1981 when nine people were arrested by Bazilio Okello and killed after they refused to reveal the location of the NRA fighters in Kikandwa, Luweero.

He said because of their commitment to the struggle, they were cut into pieces. "Bazilio Okello personally cut them into pieces with a knife. The results of the sacrifice can be seen by all. Across the hills are modern structures, the result of the sacrifice of the people who took part in the liberation. They did not die in vain," he said.

Museveni and several other national leaders laid wreaths on the graves of the late Ignatius Musaazi and Prof. Yusuf Lule before a three-gun salute rocked the grounds. A two-minute silence was observed.

Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, Bishop Paul Luzinda and Kampala Khadi Sheik Kasule prayed at the Heroes corner.

The ceremony was attended by Vice-President Prof. Gilbert Bukenya, prime minister Apolo Nsibambi, Speaker Edward Ssekandi, deputy Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki, his deputy Laetitia Kikonyogo, NRM vice-chairman Moses Kigongo, traditional leaders including Henry Muloki, Kamuswaga and the Buganda Katikkiro Dan Muliika. Chief of Defence Forces Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, Police chief Kale Kayihura and Commissioner of Prisons Dr. Johnson Byabashaija also attended. The theme of the ceremony was, "Heroism in the Growth of Our nation." Museveni said Uganda would not forget those who contributed to the liberation struggle.

He reiterated his commitment to developing the educational sector, saying this would take priority over road building. "There is no value in having a tarmacked road when there is no school for a child with bare feet walking on the tarmack," he said. "Just because there are paved roads to the north, it doesn't mean that there is no poverty surrounding that road," Museveni said.

Excitement rose when Kampala mayor Nasser Sebaggala rose from his seat to greet Museveni after his speech.

They engaged in a brief discussion before Museveni left. Earlier, Sebaggala exchanged greetings with many Cabinet ministers before holding a discussion with Bukenya.

Museveni wore black open shoes with black socks. He caused laughter when he described Libyan President Muamar Gaddafi's bush-war donation of 96 AK47s, bullets, 100 landmines, RPGs and five machineguns as just a few guns.

"We later got 2,000 guns from Kayiira and Nyerere gave us 5,000. Gaddafi added us 800," he said.

The chairman of the national veterans association, Idrisa Ssenduka, asked the Government to support the families of the fallen heroes.

Museveni said state ministers Nyombi Thembo for Luweero Triangle and Salim Saleh for micro-finance would help the triangle to develop.

Von: 10.06.2006 http://www.newvision.co.ug By F. Ahimbisibwe & Adam Alagiah

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