Added 26th April 2019 07:56 AM
The main man, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, arrived at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort on Wednesday for this unique birthday anniversary.
It was the first birthday anniversary celebration in public since 1986 for the First Son, who is also the Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations.
The colourful function was attended by high-profile guests, who included businessman Patrick Bitature, who was visibly pleased to greet Muhoozi.
The colourful function was organised by a group of young people led by Lillian Aber, Duncan Abigaba (both from National Youth Council) and David Kabanda from the Government Citizen Interaction Centre. Rajiv Ruparelia was also in attendance.
It was attended by Muhoozi's friends, colleagues, Members of Parliament and a cross-section of guests from the business community and civil service.
Uganda Media Centre director Ofwono Opondo and Senior Press Secretary to the President Don Wanyama were at the event.
And this is what the cake looked like. Yummy!
ICT minister Frank Tumwebaze sat on the high table, flanked by Rajiv on one end, as Muhoozi welcomed Lillian Aber (Senior Presidential Adviser on youth affairs) to the table. Tumwebaze commended the First Son for inspiring young people, especially graduates, to join the UPDF.
All stood up and were at attention as the anthems were sung on a warm evening.
Later, in his speech, Muhoozi thanked the organisers of the function and pledged to engage in more social functions of the kind.
Senior Press Secretary to the President Don Wanyama was the master of ceremony (MC) and was keen to deliver the opening remarks.
Muhoozi and other guests listened on as speaker after speaker gave glowing tribute to the 'Birthday Boy'.
David Mpuga, who was Muhoozi’s best man, praised his humility. He cited a case when in the spirit of reciprocity, the decorated soldier was part of his entourage when he went to pick his bride from Toro. He revealed that like everybody else in his entourage, Muhoozi knelt as required in the Toro culture when meeting the in-laws.
"It was such an honour mceeing at a birthday party for @mkainerugaba thrown by friends and later joining him to cut cake. Thank you @FrankTumwebazek @daudikabanda @DuncanAbigaba @AberLillian for the meticulous function. And to all the friends and colleagues who turned up, asante," tweeted Don Wanyama.
Then came the time for entertainment. Bebe Cool, going for an all-black attire, treated the guests to some of his music -- and he managed to impress a sustained smile on the main man of the evening!
Ofwono Opondo went 'paka chini', illustrating that he still has a lot of youthful stamina in those legs.
Investment state minister Evelyn Anite, too, did some grooving to Bebe Cool's lively performance.
“This is my first public birthday celebration in 33 years. The last time was in 1986, soon after Kampala fell to the National Resistance Army,” Muhoozi told guests.
Emphasising the need for a museum, he noted that Uganda had undergone significant progress, and that it is every Ugandan’s obligation to preserve the gains. “All of us, therefore, have an obligation to protect the achievements of our country, but also to educate the young people who think Uganda was always this good, tolerant, peaceful, democratic and progressive."
Muhoozi described as dangerous for a country whose citizens do not know its history, adding that such a country risks repeating the tragedies of the past.
There was every reason to smile on a colourful evening of celebration of life.
Then came the moment for the cutting of the cake.
The privilege of the first serving was, of course, reserved for the 'Birthday Boy' . . .
. . . then generous portions of the delicious cake went around the room as a memorable evening reached its conclusion.
"This is my first public birthday celebration in 33 years. The last time was in 1986, soon after Kampala fell to the National Resistance Army,” Muhoozi tells guests. (Courtesy photos)
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