Rubaga South MP Kato Lubwama was among those who received heroes’ medals at an event presided over by President Yoweri Museveni on Friday.
Presidential press secretary, Lindah Nabusayi, said Museveni awarded medals to “our everyday” heroes after recognising those who fought for freedom during the bush war.
The President who was presided over the ceremony held in Zirobwe Town Council, Bamunanika County, Luweero District at the National Heroes Day celebrations, awarded Lubwama as the everyday hero of “fun and laughter”.
Also awarded in that new category of medals was actor Abbey Mukiibi and Mrs Wamala.
Abby Mukiibi Nkaaga is an actor, known for The Last King of Scotland (2006), Sometimes in April (2005) and The Silent Army (2008).
Lubwama is the boss of the Diamond Ensemble, a drama group which was in April this year evicted from Royal Theatre on Plot 10, Berkey Road, Old Kampala Road over a Shs200 million debt.
According to Hajji Twaha Gwaivu, the owner of the building, the drama outfit owned by the comedian –turned-politician has defaulted on paying agreed rent of Shs3 million per month for the last five years.
Also yesterday, Museveni awarded a total of 363 medals to Ugandans and launched an Operation Wealth Creation magazine.
He said the five-year liberation war that brought the NRM to power and ushered in peace, was very costly in terms of human life.
Ugandans should safeguard this peace jealously so that the country never returns to such turmoil, he added.
Explaining the rationale for the commemoration, President Museveni told thousands of people that on June 9th, 1981, government soldiers attacked villages in Luweero and killed in cold blood nine freedom fighters.
He said the country lost over 300,000 people, most of them non-combatants killed because they were perceived collaborators of NRA.