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Sunday, 9th October 2016
Ugandan High Commissioner to Rwanda, Amb. Richard Kabonero, toast during the celebrations to mark 54 years of Uganda's Independence in Kigali.

The Uganda High Commission to Kigali kicked off its 54th Independence Anniversary celebrations with a Comedy night at the High Commissioner's Residence in Nyarutarama on Friday 7th October 2016.

Guests were treated to an evening of laughter by Ugandan comedians Daniel Omara and Cotilda Inapo who ably represented Uganda's thriving comedy industry. Food and drinks were in plenty with non-stop entertainment featuring celebrated saxophonist Herbert Kiggundu aka Herbert Rock and the beautiful music duo of Charly and Nina.

The independence celebrations were crowned with a dinner held at the Kigali Serena Hotel on Saturday 8th October, which was graced by members of the diplomatic corps, senior Rwandan officials and business men, Ugandans living in Rwanda and Friends of Uganda.

The Chief Guest was Hon. Johnston Busingye, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, who represented the Government of Rwanda at this auspicious occasion. Hon. Busingye commended the brotherly historical ties between Rwanda and Uganda and emphasized that "where challenges might arise, on the basis of mutual understanding and respect between our two countries there is commitment to work together to address any challenges for the benefit of our respective people and relations".

H.E. Richard Kabonero, Uganda's High Commissioner to Kigali, while congratulating fellow Ugandans for 54 years of self-rule, reiterated that Uganda must protect and consolidate her independence through dedication and hard work in order to transform the nation into a modern industrious society. He affirmed Uganda's commitment to the integration of Uganda and Rwanda's economies in order to unleash the trade potential of the two countries and hailed the respective countries close cooperation in the police and security sector which has resulted in greatly mitigating trans-boundary crime.

Mr. Patrick Mweheire, the CEO Stanbic Bank (U) Limited in his remarks urged countries in the East African region to deepen their integration in terms of their respective comparative advantages in order to maximize the Community's market potential.

The event was mceed by Roger Mugisha with guests treated to an evening of music and entertainment from various artists who included: Myko Ouma, Neptunez Band, Natumayini Group, (a Ugandan musical group comprising of orphans), Tito al Uribe (Chilean jazz guitarist).