London – Earlier on Sunday 10, November 2019, Uganda through her Ambassador in United Kingdom and Ireland, H.E. Julius Peter Moto joined the government of United Kingdom in remembering her former soldiers.
The National Service of remembrance was held at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London.
“I represented Uganda on this event that started exactly at 11 am and ended at 11:25 am, to honour the service and sacrifice of the British Armed forces, that also included thousands of Ugandan veterans soldiers and civilians, that fought and served alongside the British forces in the two World Wars,” His Excellency Moto told TND News
He added: “We [Uganda] shall remember them.”
After almost twenty years after signing of the 1900 Buganda Agreement [BA] that was recognized as a crisis moment, and later birth of country Uganda, communities were being driven out to help protect British interests during World War I.
Under the Compulsory Service Ordinance [CSO], about 70,000 Ugandans had been recruited to the war effort by 1944.
Of the above total numbers, 1,296 had lost their lives on active service contrary to some interpretations which suggest Ugandan and African servicemen were cooks and washing boys who never came within a mile of risk.
Again, after WW1, Ugandans were also called up to defend the British empire during World War II.