Saturday, 22 June 2013
KASESE THANKS GIVING CEREMONY FOR MAJ. GEN. MBADI FLOPS
Kasese district leaders on Saturday called off an event that was supposed to be held yesterday (Sunday) to thank President Yoweri Museveni for promoting his former Aide De Camp Maj.Gen. Wilson Mbadi in the army ranks.
The district leadership together with the Kasese district elders’ forum had set today as a thanks giving day to the president who was to be the chief guest.
The joint Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Wilson Mbadi who was promoted from Brigadier in the recent reshuffle is the only living high ranking UPDF officer hailing from Kasese. Another person to have reached that rank is the former army commander the late Maj. Gen. James Kazini.
The bishops of the Catholic Diocese of Kasese and Anglican South Rwenzori diocese were set to lead thanks giving prayers at Nyakasanga playground in Kasese town.
But the organizers shocked residents on Saturday evening when they announced that the function has been postponed because the president has other state engagements.
The Kasese district chairman Lt. Col. Mawa Muhindo said last evening that the president called him and suggested that another date be organized in August.
“The thanks giving ceremony that was supposed to be held tomorrow (Sunday) at Nyakasanga playground has been postponed to August 11, 2013. The president who was supposed to be chief guest telephoned me last evening saying he was not able to come on Sunday and so we agreed to have another date in august”. Said Lt. Col. Mawa Muhindo.
The district council recently resolved to include the maintenance of Defense minister Dr. Crispus Kiyonga in the cabinet and several other appointments to the sons and daughters of Kasese in the thanks giving to the president.
The members of the opposition particularly FDC were not going to participate in the celebrations which the district General Secretary Mr. Johnson Kamalha had earlier described as a mobilization for the NRM instead of inviting the president to tour the infrastructure damaged by the floods last month.
One of the minority ethnicities in Kasese, the Banyabindi had also planned to boycott the function saying there was no reason to celebrate when government has not answered their demands.
Some residents of Kasese say the function should have been called off because it was going to be a flop as people were not ready to celebrate when they relatives are suffering the effects of the floods.END