The Operation Wealth Creation Chief Commander Gen. Salim Saleh Caleb Akandwanaho has on Friday relaunched the National Initiative For Civic Education from Gulu University Main Library Conference hall.
The meeting hosted by Gulu University was geared towards creating awareness even within the UPDF.
Gen. Salim Saleh who said he is celebrating 31years of reserve life stressed that if the civic Education issues were seriously taken after the president launched it in March 2019 what happened in Kampala, would have been minimized.
He, therefore, challenged the armed forces to take civic Education seriously to maintain peace and development in the country.
On Tuesday 12th March 2019, President Yoweri Museveni launched the National Initiative for Civic Education in Uganda (NICE-UG).
The launch took place during the ‘Africa Now’ Conference at the Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort.
“As such, the initiative’s key mandate will be to coordinate and harmonize provision of civic education by state and citizen-led frameworks. NICE-UG is a Presidential Initiative in the initial five-year phase,” read the press release.
NICE would advance partnership and collaboration with relevant local and international frameworks to benefit from unique experiences and capabilities.
Gulu University Vice-chancellor Prof. Openjuru George Ladaah in his opening statement said the University already have a great interaction with the community through the Gulu University Engagement Policy and the Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies since inception has been in the forefront of engaging the public on the relevance of peace in development.
He added that the University has been preaching and sensitizing the community on peace.
Joseph N Biribonwa the Board Director of National Initiative For Civic Education said the initiative is to sensitize Uganda that there is life before and after elections.
According to Joseph, the Initiative will a commodate all divergent views but moderate peace and coexistence as the best approach in and after the election period.
On the first launch, President Museveni appointed a board of directors for the initiative.
The chairman, board of directors is Joseph Biribonwa, a former deputy chairperson of the Electoral Commission.
Others include Barbara Katende of Makerere University Kampala, Med Kaggwa, the current Chairman of the Uganda Human Rights Commission and the substantive secretary Crispin Kaheru who is the Coordinator of Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU).