By Jumah Nsubuga
The new presidential awards committee was officially sworn in on Thursday.
The committee which is comprised of eight members and chaired by the former minister for presidency Dr Beatrice Wabudeya , will serve 5years in office.
Other members sitting on the committee include Mr. Ocala Lakida, Christopher Kasami, Justus Mwanje, Lawrence Mukibi,Mrs Tekera Kinaarwa and Wycliffe Karazaro.
All the new committee members committed themselves not to reveal government secrets unless on orders from the president and also to serve, support and uphold the constitution of Uganda as the law established.
The swearing in ceremony was presided over by the minister for presidency Frank Tumwebaze.
While presiding over the swearing in ceremony, Minister Tumwebaze said that, the national awards should be only given to different persons basing on their achievements towards the development of Uganda.
He added that, awards should not only be given to those who contributed in the liberation struggle but even to farmers, fishermen, police officers and prison officers who have also contributed towards the development of Uganda .
“There is a tendency of giving awards to those who fought in the liberation struggle. There other people who have greatly contributed to the development of this country but left out cited out excellent farmers, fisheries among others. We are going to monitor these people across the country and recorganize them in different categories” Minister Frank said.
Meanwhile the former chairman of the presidential awards committee Professor Mondo Kagonyere during the swearing in of a new board applauded president Museveni for appointing eligible people to serve on presidential awards committee.
“I would like to thank the appointing authority for appointing these people in this office. Am very sure they are capable of serving Ugandans as the law stipulates.”Prof Kagonyera said.
He however urged government to allocate a special fund to facilitate the activities of the committee.