Fort Portal Gears Up For Liberation Day Celebrations

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Doreen Kabakama, a receptionist at Hilton Tours describes Monday and Tuesday as a special business phase because all the rooms have been fully booked.

Fort Portal town is a beehive of activity as preparations for the 30th National Resistance Movement-NRM Liberation Day are in high gear.  The national celebrations will be held tomorrow at St Leo's College grounds in Fort Portal under the theme, 30 Years of NRM's Committed Stewardship: A Remarkable Legacy for Uganda".

This morning, several workers descended on the venue to put final touches to the preparations as NRA Liberation war songs played in the background. More than twenty tents, where guests will sit have been erected. URN also saw a group of workers decorating the podium and VIP section with the national colors of black, yellow and red. 


A team of Uganda People's Defense Forces soldiers, Police and Prison officers also took part in rehearsals as excited residents looked on. More than 50 UPDF soldiers participated in the cleaning of Fort Portal town accompanied by district officials. Some hotels in the district are also enjoying brisk business as some of them are fully booked.
Hotels such as Hilton Tours, Rwenzori Travellers Inn and Cornerstone have adjusted accommodation prices to cash in on the growing number of guests. Doreen Kabakama, a receptionist at Hilton Tours describes Monday and Tuesday as a special business phase because all the rooms have been fully booked.

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However, the Liberation day celebrations have been received with mixed feelings among residents. Dan Musinguzi, a retired veteran of the liberation struggle applauds government for selecting Fort Portal to host the national celebrations.
He however feels that the district has been neglected by the government, despite its contribution to the liberation struggle. Musinguzi blames the district leadership for not pressing for the demands of the people.

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Viola Businge, a Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party member in Fort Portal, says there is nothing much for Ugandans to celebrate after 30 years of NRM rule due to corruption, which has deprived people of social services. 
Businge adds that government should do all it can to recover money that has been lost in various corruption scandals and ensure that the intended beneficiaries get it. The then National Resistance Army rebels led by the late Brigadier Chef Ali used Katebwa on the slopes of Mt. Rwenzori as its hideout between 1981 to 1986.

The area was also used by the then National Resistance Army (NRA) as a launch pad for capturing most areas in Tooro during the 1986 liberation war. During the war, residents of Katebwa provided food, shelter and intelligence information to the NRA rebels.



About the author

Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.