President Museveni has urged cultural leaders to continue preserving the Ugandan languages and cultures to ensure that people don’t lose their identity in the wake of globalization.

PM Rugunda in a photo with King Oyo,the Queen Mother, Best, Minister of Defence, Adolf, MoS for Gender and Culture, Peace Mutuuzo and Chief Coordinator of OWC, Gen. Saleh during King Oyo’s 23rd Coronation anniversary

“The young generation must be taught to speak and pride in their local languages because that is their treasure and origin. We have our numerous customs regarding marriage, etiquette and rich social philosophy, encapsulated in the proverbs of our vernacular,” the President said, adding that failure to communicate in one’s mother tongue was a shame.

President Museveni made the remarks in his speech delivered by the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda during the 23rd Coronation anniversary of King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru the Omukama of Tooro Kingdom.

The event organized under the theme “The youth embracing innovation and value addition for the development of Tooro” and took place at the Karuziika Palace in Kabarole District on Saturday.

President Museveni congratulated King Oyo upon his 23rd coronation anniversary and noted that the NRM Government restored traditional cultural institutions which had previously been attacked and abolished as a result of the political upheavals of 1966 to 1967, with the hope and view of preserving and promoting culture.

He commended the King for his good leadership that has enabled him to build, guide and administer the kingdom as well as preserve its heritage.

The President said the NRM Government continues to focus on the youth as key stakeholders in development of the nation and thus called upon them to focus on fundamentals that are anchored in national development planning frameworks and vision 2040.

“As NRM Government, we have established structures to facilitate youth participation at all levels of governance to ensure that there is maximum youth engagement on all issues that concern and affect youth in this country. I want the young people to not only be producers of wealth but also agents of social, economic and political transformation,” Museveni said.

He also noted that Government is focused on developing the human resource of the country for the social, economic and political transformation of the nation through investing in education and skilling programmes for the young people.

The President, however, warned the youth against following misleading voices that derail them from pursuing national goals that are transformative and focused on liberating the nation from subsistence economy to a middle income economy.

“I am very disturbed by the current impaired vision of the youth leadership that is simply focused on quick fixes meant to enrich themselves instead of focusing on fundamental principles of development. Wealth and money must be earned and not simply claimed,” Museveni said, adding that the National Youth Council should come up with innovate ideas to change the mindset of the young people and not to be simply agitators.

The President pledged his continuous support to the development of the Tooro kingdom.

The Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukiidi IV of Tooro Kingdom, called upon his subjects to embrace the operation wealth creation programmes in the kingdom in order to improve their household incomes.

He also advised the people to protect themselves against the scourge of HIV/AIDS and urged those already infected with disease to ensure that they take their medication.

King Oyo appreciated the cordial relationship between his kingdom and the government, and pledged to continue working with government especially in re-skilling the youth and promoting cultural tourism for the development of the kingdom.

He also asked the government to fulfill its promise of returning the Tooro kingdom property.

The Minister of State for Gender and Culture, Peace Mutuuzo, noted that Government is working to ensure that Kingdoms benefit from the youth livelihood initiative, adding that Fort Portal is among the towns that shall acquire a city status.

The Members of Parliament from Tooro Kingdom, commended the King for his good leadership that has enhanced Peace and development of Tooro Kingdom.

They also thanked the king for the massive development initiatives he is implementing in the kingdom, including offering scholarships to his subjects, embracing OWC programs in the kingdom and fighting against the spread of HIV/Aids among others.

The Members of Parliament pledged their full support to the King and kingdom work.

King Oyo ascended the throne as the Omukama of Tooro Kingdom in 1995, when he was 3 years old after the death of his father.

The Function was also attended by Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs, Adolf Mwesige, the Chief Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation, General Salim Saleh, Members of Parliament and Religious leaders among others.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

BY DOREEN NASASIRA