The 38th anniversary Tarehe Sita celebrations took form in Kitgum on Wednesday 6th February 2019. Several musicians who graced the event took center stage of attraction.
The Tarehe Sita celebrations mark the day when 41 young men with only 27 guns launched the resistance war in 1981 which liberated the country five years later.
This year’s celebrations were held in Kitgum as the nation celebrated what can be loosely translated as the 38th birthday of the UPDF army.
Kitgum is a district in northern Uganda bordered by South Sudan to the north, Kaabong district to the east, Kotido to the southeast, Agago to the south, Pader to the southwest, and Lamwo to the northwest.
Not many Ugandan artistes – even the most popular ones – have been to this part of the country. Yesterday however, that was erased from their records.
Bebe Cool, Catherine Kusasira, King Michael, Big Eye Starboss, city comedian Kabaata, among others, made their way to Kitgum on Wednesday morning to take part in the national celebrations.
They were all given high profile treatment as they sat in the same tent as the head of state among other delegates.
It was very easy to notice that they attracted the attention of most eyes at the venue as soon as they walked in.
Notably, Moses Ssali a.k.a Bebe Cool has been one of the most vocal musicians in support of the regime in power in the past few years and he has never been shy to stand by his word.
When asked about why he chose to attend the Tarehe Sita celebrations, the ‘Silent Majority’ spearhead stressed the desire to fully acknowledge the importance of the UPDF army.
“These women and men sacrificed their lives for the peace of Ugandans and they still do. So as a responsible successful citizen, I felt making time to attend this day is a way of appreciation towards their sacrifice.”Bebe Cool
Part of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s speech to the nation at the celebrations also hinted about the need to acknowledge the contribution of the UPDF in protecting and serving Ugandans and ensuring stability in the region.
The role of musicians in the politics and development of Uganda as a nation continues to grow as they are increasingly becoming common faces at national events.
Is music finally getting the credit it deserves? If so, who takes the credit?