President Yoweri Museveni is expected to attend the 5th Apollo Milton Obote Memorial lecture due for October 17 at Sheraton Kampala Hotel. The annual lecture is organised by Friends of Apollo Milton Obote association.
This was confirmed by Dr. Moses Alipanga, the Chairman of the Militon Obote Association and former Minister of Supplies; while addressing the media at Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) headquarters, Uganda House on Wednesday.
He said that President Museveni like other political leaders has been invited to the memorial lecture.
“As we all know, Dr. A. M. Obote was the founding father of this nation, receiving the instruments of power from the British colonialists; this year we celebrate 55 years since that momentous occasion,” Apiliga said.
He added; “The lecture will reflect on sharing knowledge, appraise ourselves through the passage of time, we are to take stock of what happened, what we have done well, what mistakes were made and what lessons can be learned to help the future.”
Alipanga observed that it is so unfortunate that Obote is not around as the members celebrate his achievements which speak volumes to date.
“Right from the heights of this building we see first-hand his
visionary nature, there are other things that he did aside from
forming a very strong enduring political party, (UPC).”
“At the age of 37 years, he became a Prime Minister a daunting task if ever there was one, he still remains Uganda’s youngest leader to ascend to power, moreover in a totally different environment from the one we know today standing very tall in his accomplishments in hisservice to Uganda from 1962-71 and 1980-5.”
Obote, a former President of Uganda was one of the early leaders on the African continent along with Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Mwalimu Nyerere of Tanzania and Dr. Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia.
According to Alipanga, this year’s lecture will be delivered by Prof. Patrick Lumumba, former Director of Kenya Law School and a renowned Pan-Africanist and mentor.