PIC : Yoweri Kaguta Museveni addressing NRA troops in the 1980s
On February 6, 1981, a small group of fighters, armed with 27 guns and pistols attacked Kabamba military barracks launching an armed struggle against the late Apollo Milton Obote’s government.
The attack went well, marking the start of a protracted war that resulted in regime change and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) in power.
The infamous attack is retold in a new movie titled ‘27 Guns’ which premiers Saturday at Metropole Cinema in Naalya at 5pm. President Yoweri Museveni, who led the bush war will be Chief Guest at the movie premier.
The historical movie was produced by the first daughter, Natasha Karugire and her sister, Diana Museveni Kamuntu will star in it, playing the role of her mother, Mrs Janet Museveni.
Playing the character of the youthful president (Museveni) is actor Arnold Mubangizi while Sezi Jedediah Nuwewenka plays a young Salim Saleh (Gen Caleb Akandwanaho), the president’s brother.
Kabamba remains a landmark in the five-year liberation war as a place where the first bullet was fired to cause change through armed struggle by a small group of daring and out-gunned fighters.
The attack on Kabamba is commemorated every year as Tarehe Sita, through which the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces holds week-long activities to bond with communities.