It was yet another joy filled day on Tuesday May 1, 2018 as we commemorated the International Labour Day in Uganda’s Ssembabule District. Among the many recognized with the highest civilian Honour of Uganda (Gold Medal) by His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda were Professors (still serving and out of active service) from Makerere University including ResilientAfrica Network’s Chief of Party, Professor William Bazeyo. Prof. Bazeyo’s award was yet another testimony to the fact that he indeed embraces, coaches and mentors individuals and teams to always ‘Be a Contribution’ to the communities in which we live and serve. An excited Prof. Bazeyo while thanking all who have walked the journey with him shared; ‘I am writing to you with joy to let you know that yesterday May 1st  2018, I was awarded the highest civilian Honour of Uganda (Gold Medal) by the President of Uganda. I am truly thankful to you all for your continued support and Collaboration’. Several friends, colleagues and relatives have continued to congratulate Prof. Bazeyo upon this award noting that it was well deserved given his efforts towards positively impacting the communities. Prof. Bazeyo has lived to his words of encouragement whenever given an opportunity to speak; he strongly asks ‘What will you be remembered for? What have you done in your community for which you will also be remembered? What is your legacy?’ We are proud to identify with Prof. Bazeyo and join in celebration of his tireless efforts.

During this event, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni just before recognizing the different categories of awardees, warned the political and public servants/Administration sighting the need for everyone to work hard for development. ‘This habit of people asking for free favors from the public sector must stop’ he noted.  President Museveni also shared that over the years, Uganda has grown the number of registered companies to 530,000 with 8,200 industries, 1.3 million people are employed in the industries, 180,000 service sector employing 4.7 million people, 6.9 million people are engaged in subsistence Agriculture, and 3.3 million in commercial Agriculture. All this is evidence that Uganda as a country is steadily growing towards development.

Additionally, it was motivating listening to Nalwanga’s testimony in the middle of the President’s remarks. Nalwanga, thanked President Museveni for all the continued support noting that she started with raring traditional cattle (cows and bulls) with almost no gain, the President’s initiative introduced to her Friesian animals (cows and bulls) from which she has thrived. The President urged Ugandan’s to embrace commercial Agriculture for growth and development.  

Details about other recognized dignitaries are also shared on https://news.mak.ac.ug/2018/05/vice-chancellor-congratulates-golden-jubilee-award-medal-recipients.

Piece by RAN Communications Manager