Emmerson Mnangagwa, the President of Zimbabwe, will on October 9 grace the 57th Independence Day celebrations in Sironko District.
According to Esther Mbayo, the minister for presidency Mnangagwa was invited as chief guest because ‘Uganda will help any ‘staggering’ country if the need arises.’
And one of those staggering, especially economically, that will need a shot in the arm is Zimbabwe.
“Zimbabwe is one of those (African) countries that is staggering with their economy. So when he (Mnangagwa) comes here, they will probably have a one on one as Heads of State to see to it that the economy is revamped. Zimbabwe is an African country. If Uganda sees an African country that is staggering, and if we come in to save the situation, then the credit is ours,” Mbayo, who was speaking to the press on Tuesday at the Media Centre in Kampala said.
Mnangagwa replaced Robert Mugabe who passed on last month as President of Zimbabwe in August 2018.
This year’s Independence Day celebrations will be held under the theme ‘Consolidation of National Unity, Security, Freedom and Prosperity.’
According to Mbayo, the government has selected Sironko as the host district because of the role that Bugisu region continues to play towards the consolidation of the achievements of the National Resistance Movement.
“Why Sironko? Bugisu sub-region and indeed Eastern Uganda has achieved tremendous progress and this provides an opportunity to showcase this progress to the nation and finally as a token of appreciation to the people of Bugisu for their contribution to national development over the years including the participation of many people from this region in the struggle for independence and during the resistance days,” she said.
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