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The head of the Presidential Awards Committee, Businge Amooti, last week made a presentation before the resident district commissioners and their deputies, chief administrative officers and internal security officers about the national honours and awards at the National Leadership Institute, Kyankw

The head of the Presidential Awards Committee, Businge Amooti, last week made a presentation before the resident district commissioners and their deputies, chief administrative officers and internal security officers about the national honours and awards at the National Leadership Institute, Kyankw

By Businge Amooti, Head Presidential Awards committe

The head of the Presidential Awards Committee, Businge Amooti, last week made a presentation before the resident district commissioners and their deputies, chief administrative officers and internal security officers about the national honours and awards at the National Leadership Institute, Kyankwanzi. Below is his speech 

1.0           Introduction

 

Every country has a system of recognising and rewarding outstanding acts and achievements of its citizens. Such recognition puts on record public appreciation for the contribution of persons who have distinguished themselves in service to the nation.

Awards in the form of Orders, Medals and Decorations exist almost everywhere is society. Governments, corporate organisations and non-government organisations all give awards in the civil and military sectors, in academia, culture, media, religion, sports, among others.

Prominent examples of awards are the Academy awards (Oscars), Emmy awards, Grammy awards, Nobel prize awards, Olympic champion awards, International Football Association awards.

The corporate sector also hands out awards like the ‘employee of the year’ or ‘sales person of the month’.

 

2.0     Importance of the awards

 

1.     They are instruments for inspiring citizens to strive for excellence;

2.     They are a motivation to contribute more actively towards promoting the nations value systems (values represent our highest priorities and deeply held driving forces);

3.     They are an indication of the kind of behaviour desired above and beyond the normal.

4.     Instill a sense of patriotism and nationalism in society.

 

3.0     History of awards

 

The earliest record is the National Order of the Legion of Honour, a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte. It is the highest decoration in France. Established in 1804, it was his wish to commend civilians and soldiers.

 

4.0     History of awards in Uganda

 

According to the London Gazette: no. 42800. P.7753.30 August 1962. Retrieved August 29, 2010, awards and honours in Uganda dates back to 1962 when the Uganda Independence Medal was authorised by Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of the granting of Independence and it was to give recognition to individuals of Armed Forces, Police Force and Local Government who had rendered public service.

 The National Honours and Awards Act No. 14 was enacted in 2001 and accented to by the President in 2005. Its commencement date was on August 1, 2007.

The Act is to provide for the creation of the Presidential Awards Committee (PAC), recognition and conferment of titles of honour, decoration, medals, awards and orders, the establishment of the Chancery for the custody of awards and to provide for other related matters.

The Act provides for a Presidential Awards Committee, consisting of the chairperson and eight committee members. It also provides for a chancery as the Permanent Custodian of Honours, Awards, and Medals. The chancery is headed by a chancellor who is the secretary to the chancery and whose terms and conditions are equal to that of a permanent secretary.

The mandate of the Presidential Awards Committee (PAC) is to advise the president in respect of the persons upon whom titles of honor may be conferred and generally in respect of the president’s performance of his functions in Section 5 of the National Honours and Awards Act, 2001.

The chancery from time to time receives names from various ministries, departments, agencies and individuals with a write up giving reasons to justify the proposed award to the individual(s). The chancery then submits the names to the PAC for discussion, selection and recommendation to the President. The medalists are approved solely by the President either acting on his own initiative or based on recommendations made to him. The criteria followed in determining the proposed recipients for Awards in detailed in the Act and Regulations.

 

 5.0    Achievemnts

 

1.     Since its inception in October 2008, the Presidential Awards Committee holds six meetings every financial year to discuss and approve proposed names of achievers for the various categories of medals specified for award at the different functions.

 

2.     Six national/ public functions have been selected at which award of medals (Investiture Ceremonies) are performed by the President. These are,  January 25, Victory Day, February 6, Tarehe  Sita (Army Day), March 8, Women’s Day, May 1, Labour Day, June 9, Heroes Day, and October 9, Independence Day.

 

3.     Fourteen thousand two hundred and sixty three (14,263) medals have since been issued by the Chancery as follows:

 

No.

 

VENUE

 

EVENT

 

TYPE OF MEDAL

 

 MEDAL

 

NOs

 

YEAR

1.

Hoima

Heroes day

Luwero

108

2009

 

 

 

Nalubaale

15

 

 

 

 

Damu

68

 

2.

Kololo

Independence

Luwero

108

2009

 

 

 

Naluubale

163

 

3.

Mbale

Victory Day

Kagera

100

2010

 

 

 

Nalubaale

47

 

4.

Iganga

Terehe Sita

Luwero

162

2010

5.

Luwero

Heroes Day

Luwero

648

2010

 

 

 

Nalubaale

107

 

6.

Kololo

Independence

National Independence

48

2010

7.

Masaka

Victory Day

Nalubaale

410

2011

 

 

 

Kagera

35

 

 

 

 

Luwero

97

 

8.

Soroti

Terehe Sita

Luwero

647

2011

 

 

 

Damu

37

 

 

 

 

Kagera

17

 

 

 

 

Nalubaale

17

 

9.

Kololo

Women’s Day

Luwero

65

2011

 

 

 

Crested Crane

1

 

10.

Entebbe

Labour Day

Nile

                3

2011

 

 

 

Crested Crane

5

 

11.

Lwengo

Heroes Day

Kagera

1

2011

 

 

 

Damu

641

 

 

 

 

Luwero

1163

 

12.

Lira

Independence Day

Independence

28

2011

 

 

 

Damu

2

 

 

 

 

Luwero

36

 

13.

Kapchorwa

Victory Day

Most Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa

4

2012

 

 

 

Distinguished Order of the Nile

1

 

 

 

 

Kagera

1

 

 

 

 

Damu

1

 

 

 

 

Luwero

3

 

 

 

 

Nalubaale

94

 

14.

Kasese

Tarehe Sita

Damu

198

2012

 

 

 

Nalubaale

108

 

 

 

 

Luwero

387

 

15.

Nebbi

Womens Day

Nalubaale

35

2012

 

 

 

Luwero

33

 

 

 

 

Damu

1

 

16.

Gulu

Labour Day

Distinguished Order of Crested Crane

4

2012

 

 

 

Distinguished Order of Nile

19

 

17.

Mbarara

Heroes Day

Damu

29

2012

 

 

 

Nalubaale

105

 

 

 

 

Kagera

48

 

 

 

 

Luwero

80

 

 

 

Independence Day

Golden Jubilee

5000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18.

Kasese

Victory Day

Golden Jubilee

0

2013

 

 

 

Nalubaale

19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19.

Arua

Tarehe Sita

Golden Jubilee

23

2013

 

 

 

Nalubaale

141

 

 

 

 

Luwero

129

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20.

Nakasongola

Women’s Day

Golden Jubilee

34

2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

21.

Tororo

Labour Day

Golden Jubilee

65

2013

 

 

 

Kagera

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22.

Nakaseke

Heroes Day

Golden Jubilee

108

2013

 

 

 

Nalubaale

117

 

 

 

 

Luwero

237

 

 

 

 

Kagera

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23.

Rukungiri

Independence Day

Most Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa

1

2013

 

 

 

Golden Jubilee

34

 

 

 

 

Nalubaale

107

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24.

Mayuge

Victory Day

Golden Jubilee

1

2014

 

 

 

Nalubaale

83

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25.

Buhweju

Tarehe Sita

Golden Jubilee

114

2014

 

 

 

Nalubaale

89

 

 

 

 

Luwero

34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26.

Kumi

Women’s Day

Golden Jubilee

251

 

 

 

 

Nalubaale

16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26.

Ntungamo

Labour Day

Golden Jubilee

79

2014

 

 

 

Nalubaale

14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27.

Bukalamuli Mityana District

Heroes Day

Golden Jubilee

121

2014

 

 

 

Luwero

135

 

 

 

 

Nalubaale

368

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28.

Kololo

100 Years of service for the Uganda Police

The Order of the Commander-In-Chief

1

2014

 

 

 

Exemplary service order- First class

5

 

 

 

 

Exemplary service order- Second class

5

 

 

 

 

Centenary medal

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29

Kololo

Independence Day

Golden Jubilee

20

2014

30

Soroti

Victory Day

Golden Jubilee

187

2015

 

 

 

Nalubaale

133

 

 

 

 

Exemplary service order- First class

10

 

 

 

 

Exemplary service order- Second class

6

 

 

 

 

Gallantry order star

5

 

 

 

 

Long service with good conduct

12

 

 

 

 

National sacrifice Medal

7

 

 

 

 

Centenary medal

15

 

 

 

 

Honorary service medal

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31

Moroto

Tarehe Sita

Golden Jubilee

147

2015

 

 

 

Luwero Medal

23

 

 

 

 

Exemplary service order- First class

2

 

 

 

 

Exemplary service order- Second class

9

 

 

 

 

Distinguished service medal

5

 

 

 

 

Long service with good conduct- 30 years

10

 

 

 

 

Centenary medal

6

 

 

 

 

Honorary service medal

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32

Kabale

Women’s Day

Golden Jubilee

344

2015

 

 

 

Luwero Medal

6

 

 

 

 

Nalubaale

11

 

 

        (The Description of the Medals is attached as Annex A)

 

4.     Formulation of the National Honours and Awards Regulations 2014 No. 46 was finalised. This will guide implementation of the National Honours and Awards Act, 2001 to enable a broader category of civilians to qualify for the national honors and awards.

The regulations also cover areas of;

a.     The nomination procedure

b.    The medal, honour and how it must be used and when.

c.      The certificate

d.    The privileges

e.     General provisions like publication in the gazette, posthumous awards, deprivation of honours, offences and penalties

5.     The National Honours and Awards Act was amended in September, 2014 to include 11 titles of honour for the Uganda Police.

6.     Dissemination of the National Honors and Awards laws and guidelines has been done to all MDAs and districts. This is expected to expand and update the database of the deserving achievers for award of medals.

 

6.0      Plans of the Chancery

 

1.     A proposal is being worked on to enable medalists to receive some courtesies and benefits in addition to the prestige associated with the medal; that is dependent on availability of funds.

 

2.     The chancery is also working towards the establishment of a Hall of Fame to inspire Ugandans, especially the youth to be patriotic and aspire for excellence and distinction. This follows the Cabinet decision in 2010 in which the Presidential Awards Committee/Chancery was tasked to develop a concept that would lead to the establishment of a National Hall of Fame in Uganda.  

 

 

 

 

7.0     Role of RDCs

 

1.     Inform and sensitise the populace about the National Honours and Awards Act, 2001.

2.     Identify and recommend exemplary persons in your districts for recognition.

3.     Be patriotism champions that will qualify for the award and inspire others to qualify for the awards.

4.     Assign your district internal security officers to vet the nominated citizens (in your district) who have made a significant contribution to the socio-economic development of the country so that they can be recognised in future investiture ceremonies. The National Honours and Awards Act 2001 and the National Honours and Awards Regulations, 2014 should be followed during this exercise.

 

8.0     Conclusion

 

Nationalism and Patriotism are pre-requisites for National Development and Success. The National Honours and Awards Act needs to be strengthened and promoted in order to realize our NDP Objectives and Vision of a Transformed Ugandan society by 2040.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The types of medals awarded

 

There are 26 types of medals defined by the National Honours and Awards Act, 2001 for award. Six under the category of civilian medals and nine under the category of military medals and 11 under the category of Police medals as follows:

 

a)    Civilian medals

 

 

S/N

 

TYPE OF MEDAL

 

DESCRIPTION AND INCIDENTS

1

Most Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa

This is the Highest honour awarded to Heads of State and Heads of Government.

2

Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa

This is awarded to Heads of State’s spouses, Vice Presidents and Crown Princes and Princesses.

3

Distinguished Order of the Nile

This is awarded to people who have distinguished themselves in productive, research, economic, social and cultural enterprises.

4

Distinguished Order of the Crested Crane

This is awarded to people who have distinguished themselves in Leadership and service, both public and private.

5

National Independence Medal

This is awarded to those who have championed and contributed significantly to the struggle for independence and those who have continued to protect the independence of Uganda.

6

Nalubaale Medal

This is awarded to all who have contributed to the political development of Uganda either through armed struggle or civil disobedience and otherwise right from colonial times to date.

 

 

 

 

b)   Military medals

 

 

S/N

 

TYPE OF MEDAL

 

DESCRIPTION AND INCIDENTS

1

Order of the Katonga

This is the Highest and most rarely awarded honour for rewarding individual extraordinary instances of heroism in the army

2

Kabalega Star

This is the second highest honour and it is awarded for conspicuous Gallantry that does not justify the award of the Order of the Katonga but bordering with the qualification for the award of the Order of Katonga.

3

Rwenzori Star

This is the third highest honour awarded for distinguished or exemplary military service which includes exceptionally meritorious service or great responsibility in military service.

4

Masaba Star

This is the fourth highest honour and is awarded under the same circumstances as the Kabalega medal but where the gallantry is not as conspicuous as in the Kabalega medal.

5

Damu Medal

This is awarded to any member of the military who was or is wounded in action

6

Luwero Triangle Medal

This is awarded to any officer, man or woman who joined armed struggles against dictatorships in Uganda, and to civilians who operated closely with the armed freedom fighters during struggles against dictatorship.

7

Kagera Medal

This is awarded to any officer, man or woman, national on foreign, who participated in fighting dictatorship between 1971 and 1979.

8

Order of Lukaya

This is awarded under the same circumstances described in the award of the Kagera medal but with emphasis on the 1979 battle of Lukaya.

9

Kyoga Medal

This is awarded to officers, men, and women who have gallantly fought and defeated insurgencies in different parts of Uganda.

 

 

 

 

c)     Police medals

 

 

S/N

 

TYPE OF MEDAL

 

DESCRIPTION AND INCIDENTS

1

The Order of the Commander-In-Chief

This is the Highest honour to be awarded to Heads of State and Heads of Governments.

This order shall be awarded for visionary leadership, championing peace and security in the country and in the East African region, and causing economic growth and transformation, transforming the police in terms of welfare, human resource growth and logistics.

2

Exemplary service order- First class

This order shall be awarded to an Inspector General of Police or former Inspector General of Police for exemplary leadership, community participation, pacification of the country, transforming the image of the Uganda Police Force and support rendered to Uganda Police Force in its mission to transform.

3

Exemplary service order- Second class

This order shall be awarded to a Deputy Inspector General of Police, a former Deputy Inspector General of Police, an Assistant Inspector General of Police, a former Assistant Inspector General of Police and other police officers of a similar rank.

This order shall be awarded for exemplary service during the course and performance of duty while in office.

4

Gallantry order star

This medal shall be awarded to police officers who have distinguished themselves through acts of gallantry demonstrated in operations, community policing, intelligence gathering and bravery.

5

Distinguished service medal

This medal shall be awarded to police officers who have upheld ethical value and conduct, integrity, initiative and total commitment with outstanding performance but not necessarily bravery.

This medal shall be awarded for acts of humility, kindness, humanitarian attitude and faithfulness.

6

Meritorious service medal

This medal shall be awarded to police officers for meritorious service particularly in operations where initiative and meritorious behavior has made vital difference to the success of the operations.

The award shall be awarded for acts of endurance and dedication.

7

Special service medal

This medal shall be awarded to police officers of the reserve force and special police constables who have distinguished themselves during their period of engagement.

8

Personal sacrifice medal

This medal shall be awarded to officers who have been wounded or killed in the line of duty and may be awarded post-humously.

9

Long service with good conduct

This medal shall be awarded to officers with long service years with a clean and uninterrupted service to the Force.

The order will be classified in three classes as follows:

(a) Ten years’ service- bronze

(b) Twenty years’ service- silver

(c)  Thirty years’ service- gold

10

Centenary medal

This order shall be awarded to police officers and civilians of the Uganda Police Force in commemoration of the Centenary Plus Celebration.

11

Honorary service medal

This medal shall be awarded to civilians who have shown unwavering support to the Uganda Police Force programmes in respect of community policing, donations including land, buildings, other logistics and thus have made police operations easier and improved the welfare of officers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The genesis of national awards and the role of RDC’s

 

 

By BUSINGE AMOOTI, Head Presidential Awards committee

 

 

The head of the Presidential Awards Committee, Businge Amooti, last week made a presentation before the resident district commissioners and their deputies, chief administrative officers and internal security officers about the national honours and awards at the National Leadership Institute, Kyankwanzi. Below is his speech

 

 

1.0           Introduction

 

Every country has a system of recognising and rewarding outstanding acts and achievements of its citizens. Such recognition puts on record public appreciation for the contribution of persons who have distinguished themselves in service to the nation.

Awards in the form of Orders, Medals and Decorations exist almost everywhere is society. Governments, corporate organisations and non-government organisations all give awards in the civil and military sectors, in academia, culture, media, religion, sports, among others.

Prominent examples of awards are the Academy awards (Oscars), Emmy awards, Grammy awards, Nobel prize awards, Olympic champion awards, International Football Association awards.

The corporate sector also hands out awards like the ‘employee of the year’ or ‘sales person of the month’.

 

2.0     Importance of the awards

 

1.     They are instruments for inspiring citizens to strive for excellence;

2.     They are a motivation to contribute more actively towards promoting the nations value systems (values represent our highest priorities and deeply held driving forces);

3.     They are an indication of the kind of behaviour desired above and beyond the normal.

4.     Instill a sense of patriotism and nationalism in society.

 

3.0     History of awards

 

The earliest record is the National Order of the Legion of Honour, a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte. It is the highest decoration in France. Established in 1804, it was his wish to commend civilians and soldiers.

 

4.0     History of awards in Uganda

 

According to the London Gazette: no. 42800. P.7753.30 August 1962. Retrieved August 29, 2010, awards and honours in Uganda dates back to 1962 when the Uganda Independence Medal was authorised by Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of the granting of Independence and it was to give recognition to individuals of Armed Forces, Police Force and Local Government who had rendered public service.

 The National Honours and Awards Act No. 14 was enacted in 2001 and accented to by the President in 2005. Its commencement date was on August 1, 2007.

The Act is to provide for the creation of the Presidential Awards Committee (PAC), recognition and conferment of titles of honour, decoration, medals, awards and orders, the establishment of the Chancery for the custody of awards and to provide for other related matters.

The Act provides for a Presidential Awards Committee, consisting of the chairperson and eight committee members. It also provides for a chancery as the Permanent Custodian of Honours, Awards, and Medals. The chancery is headed by a chancellor who is the secretary to the chancery and whose terms and conditions are equal to that of a permanent secretary.

The mandate of the Presidential Awards Committee (PAC) is to advise the president in respect of the persons upon whom titles of honor may be conferred and generally in respect of the president’s performance of his functions in Section 5 of the National Honours and Awards Act, 2001.

The chancery from time to time receives names from various ministries, departments, agencies and individuals with a write up giving reasons to justify the proposed award to the individual(s). The chancery then submits the names to the PAC for discussion, selection and recommendation to the President. The medalists are approved solely by the President either acting on his own initiative or based on recommendations made to him. The criteria followed in determining the proposed recipients for Awards in detailed in the Act and Regulations.

 

 5.0    Achievemnts

 

1.     Since its inception in October 2008, the Presidential Awards Committee holds six meetings every financial year to discuss and approve proposed names of achievers for the various categories of medals specified for award at the different functions.

 

2.     Six national/ public functions have been selected at which award of medals (Investiture Ceremonies) are performed by the President. These are,  January 25, Victory Day, February 6, Tarehe  Sita (Army Day), March 8, Women’s Day, May 1, Labour Day, June 9, Heroes Day, and October 9, Independence Day.

 

3.     Fourteen thousand two hundred and sixty three (14,263) medals have since been issued by the Chancery as follows:

 

No.

 

VENUE

 

EVENT

 

TYPE OF MEDAL

 

 MEDAL

 

NOs

 

YEAR

1.

Hoima

Heroes day

Luwero

108

2009

 

 

 

Nalubaale

15

 

 

 

 

Damu

68

 

2.

Kololo

Independence

Luwero

108

2009

 

 

 

Naluubale

163

 

3.

Mbale

Victory Day

Kagera

100

2010

 

 

 

Nalubaale

47

 

4.

Iganga

Terehe Sita

Luwero

162

2010

5.

Luwero

Heroes Day

Luwero

648

2010

 

 

 

Nalubaale

107

 

6.

Kololo

Independence

National Independence

48

2010

7.

Masaka

Victory Day

Nalubaale

410

2011

 

 

 

Kagera

35

 

 

 

 

Luwero

97

 

8.

Soroti

Terehe Sita

Luwero

647

2011

 

 

 

Damu

37

 

 

 

 

Kagera

17

 

 

 

 

Nalubaale

17

 

9.

Kololo

Women’s Day

Luwero

65

2011

 

 

 

Crested Crane

1

 

10.

Entebbe

Labour Day

Nile

                3

2011

 

 

 

Crested Crane

5

 

11.

Lwengo

Heroes Day

Kagera

1

2011

 

 

 

Damu

641

 

 

 

 

Luwero

1163

 

12.

Lira

Independence Day

Independence

28

2011

 

 

 

Damu

2

 

 

 

 

Luwero

36

 

13.

Kapchorwa

Victory Day

Most Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa

4

2012

 

 

 

Distinguished Order of the Nile

1

 

 

 

 

Kagera

1

 

 

 

 

Damu

1

 

 

 

 

Luwero

3

 

 

 

 

Nalubaale

94

 

14.

Kasese

Tarehe Sita

Damu

198

2012

 

 

 

Nalubaale

108

 

 

 

 

Luwero

387

 

15.

Nebbi

Womens Day

Nalubaale

35

2012

 

 

 

Luwero

33

 

 

 

 

Damu

1

 

16.

Gulu

Labour Day

Distinguished Order of Crested Crane

4

2012

 

 

 

Distinguished Order of Nile

19

 

17.

Mbarara

Heroes Day

Damu

29

2012

 

 

 

Nalubaale

105

 

 

 

 

Kagera

48

 

 

 

 

Luwero

80

 

 

 

Independence Day

Golden Jubilee

5000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18.

Kasese

Victory Day

Golden Jubilee

0

2013

 

 

 

Nalubaale

19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19.

Arua

Tarehe Sita

Golden Jubilee

23

2013

 

 

 

Nalubaale

141

 

 

 

 

Luwero

129

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20.

Nakasongola

Women’s Day

Golden Jubilee

34

2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

21.

Tororo

Labour Day

Golden Jubilee

65

2013

 

 

 

Kagera

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22.

Nakaseke

Heroes Day

Golden Jubilee

108

2013

 

 

 

Nalubaale

117

 

 

 

 

Luwero

237

 

 

 

 

Kagera

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23.

Rukungiri

Independence Day

Most Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa

1

2013

 

 

 

Golden Jubilee

34

 

 

 

 

Nalubaale

107

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24.

Mayuge

Victory Day

Golden Jubilee

1

2014

 

 

 

Nalubaale

83

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25.

Buhweju

Tarehe Sita

Golden Jubilee

114

 

 

 

 

Nalubaale

89

 

 

 

 

Luwero

34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26.

Kumi

Women’s Day

Golden Jubilee

251

 

 

 

 

Nalubaale

16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26.

Ntungamo

Labour Day

Golden Jubilee

79

2014

 

 

 

Nalubaale

14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27.

Bukalamuli Mityana District

Heroes Day

Golden Jubilee

121

2014

 

 

 

Luwero

135

 

 

 

 

Nalubaale

368

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28.

Kololo

100 Years of service for the Uganda Police

The Order of the Commander-In-Chief

1

2014

 

 

 

Exemplary service order- First class

5

 

 

 

 

Exemplary service order- Second class

5

 

 

 

 

Centenary medal

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29

Kololo

Independence Day

Golden Jubilee

20

2014

30

Soroti

Victory Day

Golden Jubilee

187

2015

 

 

 

Nalubaale

133

 

 

 

 

Exemplary service order- First class

10

 

 

 

 

Exemplary service order- Second class

6

 

 

 

 

Gallantry order star

5

 

 

 

 

Long service with good conduct

12

 

 

 

 

National sacrifice Medal

7

 

 

 

 

Centenary medal

15

 

 

 

 

Honorary service medal

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31

Moroto

Tarehe Sita

Golden Jubilee

147

2015

 

 

 

Luwero Medal

23

 

 

 

 

Exemplary service order- First class

2

 

 

 

 

Exemplary service order- Second class

9

 

 

 

 

Distinguished service medal

5

 

 

 

 

Long service with good conduct- 30 years

10

 

 

 

 

Centenary medal

6

 

 

 

 

Honorary service medal

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32

Kabale

Women’s Day

Golden Jubilee

344

2015

 

 

 

Luwero Medal

6

 

 

 

 

Nalubaale

11

 

        (The Description of the Medals is attached as Annex A)

4.     Formulation of the National Honours and Awards Regulations 2014 No. 46 was finalised. This will guide implementation of the National Honours and Awards Act, 2001 to enable a broader category of civilians to qualify for the national honors and awards.

The regulations also cover areas of;

a.     The nomination procedure

b.    The medal, honour and how it must be used and when.

c.      The certificate

d.    The privileges

e.     General provisions like publication in the gazette, posthumous awards, deprivation of honours, offences and penalties

5.     The National Honours and Awards Act was amended in September, 2014 to include 11 titles of honour for the Uganda Police.

6.     Dissemination of the National Honors and Awards laws and guidelines has been done to all MDAs and districts. This is expected to expand and update the database of the deserving achievers for award of medals.

6.0      Plans of the Chancery

1.     A proposal is being worked on to enable medalists to receive some courtesies and benefits in addition to the prestige associated with the medal; that is dependent on availability of funds.

2.     The chancery is also working towards the establishment of a Hall of Fame to inspire Ugandans, especially the youth to be patriotic and aspire for excellence and distinction. This follows the Cabinet decision in 2010 in which the Presidential Awards Committee/Chancery was tasked to develop a concept that would lead to the establishment of a National Hall of Fame in Uganda.  

7.0     Role of RDCs

1.     Inform and sensitise the populace about the National Honours and Awards Act, 2001.

2.     Identify and recommend exemplary persons in your districts for recognition.

3.     Be patriotism champions that will qualify for the award and inspire others to qualify for the awards.

4.     Assign your district internal security officers to vet the nominated citizens (in your district) who have made a significant contribution to the socio-economic development of the country so that they can be recognised in future investiture ceremonies. The National Honours and Awards Act 2001 and the National Honours and Awards Regulations, 2014 should be followed during this exercise.

8.0     Conclusion

Nationalism and Patriotism are pre-requisites for National Development and Success. The National Honours and Awards Act needs to be strengthened and promoted in order to realize our NDP Objectives and Vision of a Transformed Ugandan society by 2040.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The types of medals awarded

There are 26 types of medals defined by the National Honours and Awards Act, 2001 for award. Six under the category of civilian medals and nine under the category of military medals and 11 under the category of Police medals as follows:

a)    Civilian medals

S/N

TYPE OF MEDAL

DESCRIPTION AND INCIDENTS

1

Most Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa

This is the Highest honour awarded to Heads of State and Heads of Government.

2

Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa

This is awarded to Heads of State’s spouses, Vice Presidents and Crown Princes and Princesses.

3

Distinguished Order of the Nile

This is awarded to people who have distinguished themselves in productive, research, economic, social and cultural enterprises.

4

Distinguished Order of the Crested Crane

This is awarded to people who have distinguished themselves in Leadership and service, both public and private.

5

National Independence Medal

This is awarded to those who have championed and contributed significantly to the struggle for independence and those who have continued to protect the independence of Uganda.

6

Nalubaale Medal

This is awarded to all who have contributed to the political development of Uganda either through armed struggle or civil disobedience and otherwise right from colonial times to date.

 

b)   Military medals

S/N

TYPE OF MEDAL

DESCRIPTION AND INCIDENTS

1

Order of the Katonga

This is the Highest and most rarely awarded honour for rewarding individual extraordinary instances of heroism in the army

2

Kabalega Star

This is the second highest honour and it is awarded for conspicuous Gallantry that does not justify the award of the Order of the Katonga but bordering with the qualification for the award of the Order of Katonga.

3

Rwenzori Star

This is the third highest honour awarded for distinguished or exemplary military service which includes exceptionally meritorious service or great responsibility in military service.

4

Masaba Star

This is the fourth highest honour and is awarded under the same circumstances as the Kabalega medal but where the gallantry is not as conspicuous as in the Kabalega medal.

5

Damu Medal

This is awarded to any member of the military who was or is wounded in action

6

Luwero Triangle Medal

This is awarded to any officer, man or woman who joined armed struggles against dictatorships in Uganda, and to civilians who operated closely with the armed freedom fighters during struggles against dictatorship.

7

Kagera Medal

This is awarded to any officer, man or woman, national on foreign, who participated in fighting dictatorship between 1971 and 1979.

8

Order of Lukaya

This is awarded under the same circumstances described in the award of the Kagera medal but with emphasis on the 1979 battle of Lukaya.

9

Kyoga Medal

This is awarded to officers, men, and women who have gallantly fought and defeated insurgencies in different parts of Uganda.

 

c)     Police medals

S/N

TYPE OF MEDAL

DESCRIPTION AND INCIDENTS

1

The Order of the Commander-In-Chief

This is the Highest honour to be awarded to Heads of State and Heads of Governments.

This order shall be awarded for visionary leadership, championing peace and security in the country and in the East African region, and causing economic growth and transformation, transforming the police in terms of welfare, human resource growth and logistics.

2

Exemplary service order- First class

This order shall be awarded to an Inspector General of Police or former Inspector General of Police for exemplary leadership, community participation, pacification of the country, transforming the image of the Uganda Police Force and support rendered to Uganda Police Force in its mission to transform.

3

Exemplary service order- Second class

This order shall be awarded to a Deputy Inspector General of Police, a former Deputy Inspector General of Police, an Assistant Inspector General of Police, a former Assistant Inspector General of Police and other police officers of a similar rank.

This order shall be awarded for exemplary service during the course and performance of duty while in office.

4

Gallantry order star

This medal shall be awarded to police officers who have distinguished themselves through acts of gallantry demonstrated in operations, community policing, intelligence gathering and bravery.

5

Distinguished service medal

This medal shall be awarded to police officers who have upheld ethical value and conduct, integrity, initiative and total commitment with outstanding performance but not necessarily bravery.

This medal shall be awarded for acts of humility, kindness, humanitarian attitude and faithfulness.

6

Meritorious service medal

This medal shall be awarded to police officers for meritorious service particularly in operations where initiative and meritorious behavior has made vital difference to the success of the operations.

The award shall be awarded for acts of endurance and dedication.

7

Special service medal

This medal shall be awarded to police officers of the reserve force and special police constables who have distinguished themselves during their period of engagement.

8

Personal sacrifice medal

This medal shall be awarded to officers who have been wounded or killed in the line of duty and may be awarded post-humously.