The Presidents included Salva Kiir of South Sudan, Ethiopia’s Sahle Worke Zewde and Alpha Conde of Guinea. Others were Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Evariste Ndayishimiye of Burundi, and Hage Geingob of Namibia. The Presidents were received by ministers, officials from foreign affairs at Entebbe International Airport.
Among the police officers who received Master’s degrees include Senior Superintendent of Police Hilga Dauda, Caroline Akoth, Kayondo Hamis, John Aratu, Doris Achola, Doreen Ayesige and Jackson Musinguzi.
Several traders opened their shops in arcades and plazas by 7am, which prompted police to use force including firing bullets and teargas to compel them to close in line with the presidential directives.
At popular shorelines such as Ggaba, Munyonyo, Mulungu and Kawuku, the affected homes include those owned by businessmen Hamis Kiggundu, Christopher Sembuya, of Sembuule Steel Mills Ltd, Pastor Robert Kayanja, and Pastor Gary Skinner.
Following President Yoweri Museveni’s ban on public and private transport in addition to closing business operations in order to contain the spread of Covid19, Uganda Radio Network –URN took a walk to Kampala streets known for being crowded from morning till late evening.
However, the event, which lasted less than three hours, with the Deputy Regional Police Commander Henry Kavuma and Arua Resident District Commissioner Nahori Oya as the day's only speakers had a colourful parade by the security forces.
The residential training held at Mvara SS focused on enhancing officers’ ability to understand professional management of public disorder, familiarize police officers with equipment for public order management and enhance their knowledge on Human rights ahead of the 2021 general elections.
Before midnight, hundreds of Christians thronged places of worship, however after midnight bars were filled to capacity by excited revellers who started drinking all brands of alcohol to commemorate the end of 2019 and usher in 2020.
During the event, State Minister for Veteran Affairs Lt Col Bright Rwamirama said that the joint activities conducted under the East African Community (EAC) Cooperation in Defence Affairs are enhancers of the integration of the Community. He noted that the EAC Partner States have similar security challenges that call for a joint approach to handle.
The celebration was held under the theme: UPDF and the People: Consolidating the Peace for Sustainable Development and Prosperity. Prior to the day, the Army Week was launched on January 29 and the UPDF conducted symbolic civil military activities in the whole country, with main activities taking place in the eight districts of Acholi sub-region of Kitgum, Agago, Pader, Gulu, Amuru, Lamwo, Nwoya and Omoro.