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Gen Kainerugaba Salutes Fidel Castro's 'Immeasurable Contribution' to Africa

posted onAugust 13, 2022

The Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations and UPDF Commander Land Forces Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has said it is impossible to enumerate the contribution made by Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro to Africa.

Gen Kainerugaba was on Saturday evening speaking at the occasion to mark Fidel's 96th birthday anniversary at the Cuban Embassy in Mbuya near Uganda's Capital Kampala.

"Fidel Castro means a lot of things to the people of Uganda and Africa. He has a very special place in the hearts of Africans because of his vision, passion for our liberation and his very brave actions to develop the peoples of Africa to acquire their own freedom," Gen Kainerugaba noted.

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Gen Kainerugaba with Cuba's Ambassador to Uganda and Uganda's ambassador to Cuba 

The General added that the contribution of the Cuban people cannot be overstated especially in helping Africans overcome Apartheid (in South Africa) and colonialism elsewhere.

"We can never forget the sacrifices of our cuban brothers in helping us overcome Apartheid and colonialism," said Gen Kainerugaba who also saluted the strong foundation laid by Fidel Castro upon which tremendous development prevails in Cuba today. He cited several areas including in education and healthcare. The General attributed all the current success in Cuba to the 1959 revolution led by Fidel Castro.

"In Africa, Fidel's contribution to the decolonization process and our liberation is immeasurable. You cannot measure what he did for us," Gen Kainerugaba noted.

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Gen Kainerugaba arrives at the Cuban Embassy in Uganda 

He cited Cuban revolutionary fighters' contribution to the liberation of Guinea-Bissau, Angola, Namibia and South Africa.

Coming back home, Gen Kainerugaba noted that, at the request of President Museveni, Cubans helped establish Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) to address the shortfall in the number of doctors.

"Cuban brothers helped us start and run MUST, many of the important doctors you see in the country today were trained at MUST --  this is the symbol of enduring solidarity between our countries," Gen Kainerugaba added.

He also noted that Cuban experts are working on a tick-resistant vaccine among others to help Uganda in the pathogenic economy.

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The event started with the singing of the national anthems of Uganda and Cuba

Meanwhile, the CLF commiserated with the Cuban people following a recent fire outbreak that was sparked by a lightening strike at Matanzas, Cuba's largest port for receiving crude oil and fuel imports.

He announced Uganda's cash contribution of $100,000 towards efforts to recover from the losses incurred in the unfortunate incident.

The cash contribution was handed to Cuba's Ambassador to Uganda H.E Tania Perez by the State House comptroller Ms Jane Barekye.

The event to celebrate Fidel was also attended by members of the diplomatic corps, politicians, medical personnel among other professionals who have been trained in Cuba.

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