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Vice President Alupo Confirms Readiness of Katakwi for Women’s Day Celebrations


Katakwi DistricT Local Government Administration Block
PHOTO — Katakwi District Local Government Administration Block

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Vice President Jessica Alupo has affirmed the preparedness of her home district, Katakwi, to host the national celebrations commemorating International Women’s Day, scheduled for Friday.

Speaking to the press at her residence on Thursday, March 7, Alupo, who serves as the Katakwi District woman MP, revealed that President Yoweri Museveni will attend the event as the chief guest. She expressed appreciation to the government for selecting her predominantly rural district as the venue for the celebrations.

Katakwi district, previously plagued by insecurity stemming from cattle rustling activities, currently enjoys a state of peace and tranquility, according to Alupo.

Assuring the safety of all attendees, Alupo emphasized, “I want to assure all the guests coming for the celebrations that the security situation is one hundred percent safe. Nobody should worry because Katakwi and the entire Teso is peaceful.”

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The theme for this year’s celebrations is “Accelerating gender equality for women’s economic empowerment.” Alupo stressed the significance of the theme, particularly in promoting the active participation of grassroots women in the economic development of the country.

She underscored that empowering women should not be perceived as diminishing the role of men but rather enhancing women’s contributions to national development alongside men.

Commending President Museveni for his commitment to women’s empowerment, Alupo highlighted his pioneering move of appointing a woman as vice president, a first in the world. She also acknowledged his efforts in elevating women to senior positions within the country.

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During the press briefing, Alupo was joined by a delegation of women leaders, including serving women MPs, former ministers, and former MPs. The group, led by former government chief whip Kabakumba Masiko, made donations to support the girl child’s education in Katakwi district, including sanitary pads and plants for women involved in restaurant businesses.

The celebrations, slated to take place at Katakwi boma ground, are expected to draw a crowd of 20,000 attendees. In a gesture of hospitality, all guests will be treated to lunch courtesy of the state.

Preparations for the event are underway, with police, prison, and army personnel actively involved in ensuring security measures are in place. Ground leveling and other logistical arrangements are also being carried out in anticipation of the grand occasion.

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