President Paul Kagame will officially be recognized on Thursday, January 26th this week as a hero who contributed to the liberation of Uganda. In this light, The Chronicles has learnt that Kagame is scheduled
to receive two medals from the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Government led by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
Highly placed sources at Village Urugwiro who preferred anonymity because the information had not yet been made public confirmed the development. When The Chronicles contacted Uganda’s Ambassador to Rwanda, Richard Kabonero also confirmed the development but could not reveal the name of the two medals and instead referred our reporter to the Permanent Secretary in Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador James Mugume.
Ambassador Mugume confirmed that President Kagame will be honoured with two medals. The first is the Luwero Triangle Medal and the second is the Order of the Pearl of Africa. The former is awarded to military officials who participated in NRM/A’s five year bush war that brought President Museveni to power and the latter is given to heads of state and governments.
When asked whether there are other heads of state being honoured, Ambassador Mugume said “The medals are for President Kagame alone; other heads of state can attend, but the medals are for him alone”. President Paul Kagame is among 27 original individuals along President Museveni who launched a five year bush war in 1981 that ended former Ugandan president Milton Obote’s brutal rule and brought President Yoweri Museveni to power on January 26th 1986.
The development comes at a time when the two countries have been trying to mend strained relations due to suspicion and claims of each supporting each other’s dissidents. President Kagame spent last year’s Christmas holidays at Museveni’s country home in Rwakitura, Western Uganda while Museveni visited Rwanda in August last year and spent four days in the country. He also spent two of the four days with President Kagame at his private home at Muhazi, Eastern Province.
The celebrations to mark the 26th NRM anniversary will take place on Thursday, January 26th at Sebei College Sports Grounds in Kapchorwa district, according to the Ugandan Minister of Information, Mary Karooro.