South Africa hails Uganda for liberation contribution as Col. Muhoozi concludes military course

Thursday 7th June 2012
Department of Press and Public Relations


President Yoweri Museveni currently on a working visit in Pretoria, South Africa has attended the graduation ceremony of Col. Muhoozi Kainerugaba the Special Forces Group Commandant who has completed a six months training course at the South African National Defence College.

The President who joined various invited guests at the ceremony was accompanied by the First Lady who is also the Minister for Karamoja Affairs Janet Museveni, the Women MP for Ngora Hon. Jackline  Amongin and Hon Nelson Sabila from Bukwo district.

They had earlier been received at Lanseria International Airport by the Thabang Makwetla the Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans. Others at the airport to receive him included Uganda's High Commissioner to Pretoria Mr. Kweronda Ruhemba, Military Attache Brigadier Steven Kashaka and other Senior South African army officers.

Col. Muhoozi who completed the prestigious military course that involved reading, lectures, discussions about national security trends on the continent and various fields of study in the social, economic and security fields among others will return home after six months of training. The ceremony saw parents and spouses join the grandaunts of the 25th intake of Executive National Security programme.

At the graduation ceremony, President Museveni and his wife were accompanied by the South African Minister for Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency, Mr. Collins Chabane, who presented each of the grandaunts with their certificates to formally mark the completion of the course during a dinner hosted by the college authorities in honour of the grandaunts, their parents and spouses.

Minister Chabane commended President Museveni, the Government of Uganda under the National Resistance Movement and the people of Uganda for the assistance extended to the South African Freedom Movement struggle. He said that South Africa will never forget the immense contributions that Uganda made towards the liberation of their country.

“Our people and the ANC government will never forget that committed contribution. It was

critical in the liberation of our country and we are indebted to you for the realization of our independence in 1994", he said. Uganda hosted several African National Congress fighters during the liberation of South Africa against Apartheid.

Earlier, President Museveni met and held discussions with a group of investors from Tublar Modular Tracks, a South African based company that has expressed interest in participating in the development of Uganda's railways system. The meeting was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria.



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