BY LAWRENCE OKWAKOL
KATAKWI: MONDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2021
The vice president of Uganda, Jessica Alupo, has called for unity and lasting commitment to the nation in a rallying Christmas and New Year message to the citizens.
“I bring you a renewed message of hope, a continuous call for unity and lasting commitment towards our motherland Uganda,” Alupo said.
She noted that this year’s Christmas like that of last year comes in the wake of challenging times.
“Covid-19 kept us away from our families, from loved ones, kept our children away from school, but we must thank God that we are still alive,” added Alupo.
She commended the people for standing up to overcome the challenges of Covid-19 and urban terrorism by the Allied Democratic Forces.
As the Vice President spoke, about 1,700 Uganda Peoples Defence Forces soldier are away from home, pursuing the accused rebels in North Kivu and Ituri provinces of Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Reports from Ugandan military officers executing the operation indicates that at least six rebel camps have been dismantled, two rebels killed in direct exchange of fire, one UPDF soldier injured and more than 30 Congolese hostages rescued.
Maj. Alupo who is also the woman Member of Parliament for Katakwi district said the festive season offers a time for reflection as Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus and his universal love for humanity.
On Covid-19 vaccination, Alupo encouraged all Ugandans to get the jabs so that the impending lifting of economic, social and academic restrictions does not preclude exposure to further danger from Coronavirus.
“January is the take-off moment for most social and economic activities including reopening of schools. Our children have been home for two years, don’t make them skip many classes. For instance if the child was in primary four, don’t force him/her to primary seven just because the child has grown tall,” she guided.
The vice president underscored that the government has begun renovation of schools and equipping them with scholastic materials to aid learning.
She appealed to the parents to play their roles by giving the children uniforms and relevant school fees.
“The guidelines are clear. All children must report back whether they are breastfeeding or pregnant. Last month, all teachers throughout the country were trained in three days on how to welcome children exposed to various challenges including antisocial behaviors, stress and others who have lost hope,” she said.