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Museveni to Decorate Ethiopian Prime Minister with Uganda’s Highest Medal

Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali to Receive The Most Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa

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Uganda’s president will on Saturday award Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed Ali, with The Most Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa-The Grand Master, the country’s highest civilian award.

On Saturday, June 9, Uganda will mark the 29th edition of Heroes’ Day since 1989.

According to cabinet records, locals in Kiwanda in Luweero district requested Museveni to declare June 9, a public holiday to honour the fighters who had fought in the NRA Liberation War.

Luweero bore the brunt of the Museveni war.

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“It was [later] agreed that it was appropriate for Uganda to set up a National Heroes Day  in recognition of Ugandans who had sacrificed their lives in the struggle to achieve national independence, peace and democracy,” presidency minister Esther Mbayo reminded reporters gathered at the Uganda Media Center on Tuesday.

To be held in Kakumiro, the day will be celebrated under the theme: Remembering our Heroes who kept the faith & fought the fight; the duty to enrich their gains is ours.

Some 250 Heroes will be awarded medals.

And premier Abiy Ahmed will take home the greatest civilian award.

Minister Mbayo said Abiy Ahmed was a Pan Africanist and that Ethiopia had played a pivotal role in Africa.

The premier is just 41 while Museveni is 73 years old.

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