Ugandans in Kenya have wrapped up a week of celebrations to mark the 59th anniversary of their country’s independence.
The ‘Uganda Independence Week in Kenya’ was held through a hybrid virtual and physical exposition to showcase Uganda’s tourist and education potential, and was jointly coordinated by the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi and the Uganda Consulate General in Mombasa.
Janet Museveni, the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, who was the chief guest at the closing ceremony, noted that the government has committed a reasonable share of its budget to the education sector over the years to assure the supply of human resources for the country’s development.
“When compared to other East African countries, Uganda’s education system has been praised and recognized as having the region’s most rigorous academic and scholastic standards, making it a learning destination for students from across the region and beyond,” Mrs Museveni said.
“As a result, Uganda has seen a surge in students desiring to study here, and we welcome them to all of our institutions.” Foreign students have enrolled at all levels of education in Uganda, according to available data. Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo account for the majority of these.”
Mrs Museveni emphasized the benefits of Uganda’s education system, calling it the best in the region. John Mulimba, the State Minister for Foreign Affairs, stated that both governments should address the constraints, such as tariff and non-tariff barriers, that obstruct the free flow of trade between the two countries.
“We should also collaborate to find new markets for our products outside of the region,” Mulimba added.
Dr. Hassan Wasswa Galiwango, Uganda’s High Commissioner to Kenya and the Seychelles, emphasized the brotherly relations between Kenya and Uganda.
“This is a special relationship between our two countries, and it deserves to be described as such. The friendship and close working relationship between our two political leaders, His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta, exemplifies our excellent bilateral relations. Indeed, the two countries have exchanged numerous official and working visits, demonstrating the close cooperation, good neighborliness, and inherent relationship that has existed between our people for centuries.”
Both Uganda and Kenya, according to the Ugandan High Commissioner to Kenya, have continued to play important roles in regional integration, peace, and security by cooperating with other partner states on these issues. He went on to say that the brotherly bonds will endure.
Top ranking diplomats from over 70 embassies, diplomatic missions, international organizations, government officials and representatives of the Republic of Kenya, as well as Ugandans living in Kenya and several well-wishers, were in attendance at the celebrations, which culminated with a dinner, where they were treated to a sumptuous variety of Ugandan cuisines and beverages, including freshly brewed Ugandan coffee and Uganda Waragi, among others.