Kampala, Uganda – President Yoweri Museveni has today won the Great Lakes Peace Champion award. The award announced during the Uganda Responsible Investment Mark of Excellence Ceremony is in recognition of the president’s efforts in bringing peace to Uganda and the Great Lakes region.
“The 2020/2021 Uganda Responsible Investment Mark of Excellence Award is presented to Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhaburwa as the Great Lakes Region Peace Champion, in appreciation of His contribution to attainment of Peace, Security and Cooperation in the Great Lakes Region as well as his immeasurable support in the fight against terrorism in the region,” Isa Kato, chair of the Award Committee said while reading the citation at Kabira Country Club on Wednesday, March 31.
The Uganda Responsible Investment Mark Of Excellence Award (URIMEA) is an initiative of Public Opinions International that is led by Luzindana Adam Buyinza and Ms Desire Muhooza as its Head of Strategy. According to Mr Luzindana, the (URIMEA) event is an initiative implemented to ensure that both individuals and corporate bodies commit themselves to work towards attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Other prominent Ugandans who were recognised in the (URIMEA) category include; former Prime Minister, Rt. Hon Amama Mbabazi (Public Leadership Champion), Bank of Uganda Governor Prof Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile (Economic Development Champion), Ruparelia Group Managing Director Rajiv Ruparelia (Labour Externalization Champion) and Idringi Patrick (Best Innovative Comedian).
Others are Operation Wealth Creation Coordinator Gen Caleb Akandwanaho (Poverty Alleviation and Wealth Creation Champion), Next Media Group’s Chairman Dr Kin Kariisa (Media Investment Champion), Simba Group Chairman Dr Patrick Bitature (Social Investment Champion), HAM Enterprises’ Kiggundu Hamisi (Most Inspirational and Admired Young Business Leader) and Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba from the Special Forces Command (Strategic Management Champion).
Also included were Lt Col Edith Nakalema from State House (Anti-Corruption Champion), Senior Presidential Advisor Gen Proscovia Nalweyiso (Exceptional Inspiration Female Freedom Fighter), Cella Investments CEO Ms. Bainamaryo Carolyn (Labour Externalization Champion), Kentim University’s Dr Aggrey Kyobuguzi (Agro-Entrepreneurship Champion), Unifreight Cargo Handling’s Mwijukye Jeniffer (International Cargo Handling Champion) and Eng Maxima Nsimenta (Agrovalue Processor).
The 2020/2021 (URIMEA) event also recognised influential media personalities. Among the award winners were Senior Presidential Press Secretary, Don Wanyama, Simon Kaggwa Njala, Kamara Patrick, Samson Kasumba, Dalton Kawesa, Andrew Kyamagero, Canary Mugume, Nduhukire Sheila, Nsereko Meddie Sebuliba and Odongotho Charles.
Others in this category include Busuulwa Dunstan, Gyagenda Ssemakula, Kagoro Francis, Kiggundu Edris, Kirunda Faruk, Mafaranga Hope, Joseph Sabiti, Sserwaniko John, Solomon Sserwanja and Tuhaise Mildred.
Speaking during the Award Ceremony, Italian Ambassador to Uganda, H.E Mazzanti Massimiliano said that Italy was fully committed to promoting programs that will lead to the attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
He also revealed that Italian President Mattarella had through a message sent to Kampala on March 26th, 2021 congratulated President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhaburwa upon his victory in the recently concluded Presidential Election.
“Relations between our countries are characterized by bonds of friendship which should further be deepened. In this context, I trust that together with our countries can give new impetus to bilateral and international cooperation- also in the framework of relations between Kampala and the European Union- for the benefit of stability and sustainable development in the region,” President Mattarella said.