NATIONAL HONOURS AND AWARDS
PRESENTATION DURING THE RDCS RETREAT AT KYANKWANZI- APRIL 2015
Every country has a system of recognizing and rewarding outstanding acts and achievements of its citizens. Such recognition puts on record public appreciation for the contribution of persons who have distinguished themselves in service to the nation.
Awards in the form of Orders, Medals and Decorations exist almost everywhere is society. Governments, Corporate organizations, and Non-Government organizations all give awards in the civil and military sectors, in academia, culture, media, religion, sports among others.
Prominent examples of awards are; the Academy award (Oscars), Emmy awards, Grammy awards, Nobel prize awards, Olympic champion award, International Football Association award.
The Corporate Sector also hands out awards like the ‘Employee of the Year’ or ‘Sales person of the Month’.
2.0 IMPORTANCE OF AWARDS
1. They are instruments for inspiring Citizens to strive for excellence
2. They are a motivation to contribute more actively towards promoting the nations value systems ( values represent our highest priorities and deeply held driving forces)
3. They are an Indication of the kind of behavior desired above and beyond the normal.
4. Instill a sense of Patriotism and Nationalism in Society.
3.0 HISTORY OF AWARDS
The earliest record is the National Order of the Legion of Honour, a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte. It is the Highest Decoration in France. Established in 1804. It was his wish to commend civilians and soldiers.
4.0 HISTORY OF AWARDS IN UGANDA
According to the London Gazette: no. 42800. P.7753.30 August 1962. Retrieved 29 August 2010, Awards and Honours in Uganda dates back to 1962 when the Uganda Independence Medal was authorized by Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of the granting of Independence, and it was to give recognition to individuals of Armed Forces, Police Force and Local Government who had rendered public service.
The National Honours and Awards Act No. 14 was enacted in 2001 and accented to by the President in 2005. Its commencement date was on 1st August, 2007.
The Act is to provide for the creation of the Presidential Awards Committee (PAC), recognition and conferment of titles of honour, decoration, medals, awards, and orders, the establishment of the Chancery for the custody of awards and to provide for other related matters.
The Act provides for a Presidential Awards Committee, consisting of the Chairperson, and Eight (8) committee members. It also provides for a Chancery as the Permanent Custodian of Honours, Awards, and Medals. The Chancery is headed by a Chancellor who is the Secretary to the Chancery, and whose terms and conditions are equal to that of a Permanent Secretary.
The Mandate of the Presidential Awards Committee (PAC) is to advise the President in respect of the persons upon whom titles of Honor may be conferred and generally in respect of the President’s performance of his functions in Section 5 of the National Honours and Awards Act, 2001.
The Chancery from time to time receives names from various Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Individuals with a write up giving reasons to justify the proposed award to the individual(s). The Chancery then submits the names to the PAC for discussion, selection, and recommendation to H.E the President. The medalists are approved solely by the President either acting on his own initiative or based on recommendations made to him. The criteria followed in determining the proposed recipients for Awards in detailed in the Act, and Regulations.
1. Since its inception in October 2008, the Presidential Awards Committee holds six (6) meetings every Financial Year to discuss and approve proposed names of achievers for the various categories of medals specified for award at the different functions.
2. Six National/ Public Functions have been selected at which award of medals (Investiture Ceremonies) are performed by H.E. the President. These are, 25th January, Victory Day, 6th February, Tarehe Sita (Army Day), 8th March, Women’s Day, 1st May, Labour Day, 9th June, Heroes Day, and 9th October, Independence Day.
3. Fourteen thousand two hundred and sixty three (14,263) medals have since been issued by the Chancery as follows:
No. VENUE EVENT TYPE OF MEDAL MEDAL
1. Hoima Heroes day Luwero 108 2009
2. Kololo Independence Luwero 108 2009
3. Mbale Victory Day Kagera 100 2010
4. Iganga Terehe Sita Luwero 162 2010
5. Luwero Heroes Day Luwero 648 2010
6. Kololo Independence National Independence 48 2010
7. Masaka Victory Day Nalubaale 410 2011
8. Soroti Terehe Sita Luwero 647 2011
9. Kololo Women’s Day Luwero 65 2011
Crested Crane 1
10. Entebbe Labour Day Nile 3 2011
Crested Crane 5
11. Lwengo Heroes Day Kagera 1 2011
12. Lira Independence Day Independence 28 2011
13. Kapchorwa Victory Day Most Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa 4 2012
Distinguished Order of the Nile 1
14. Kasese Tarehe Sita Damu 198 2012
15. Nebbi Womens Day Nalubaale 35 2012
16. Gulu Labour Day Distinguished Order of Crested Crane 4 2012
Distinguished Order of Nile 19
17. Mbarara Heroes Day Damu 29 2012
Independence Day Golden Jubilee 5000
18. Kasese Victory Day Golden Jubilee 0 2013
19. Arua Tarehe Sita Golden Jubilee 23 2013
20. Nakasongola Women’s Day Golden Jubilee 34 2013
21. Tororo Labour Day Golden Jubilee 65 2013
22. Nakaseke Heroes Day Golden Jubilee 108 2013
23. Rukungiri Independence Day Most Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa 1 2013
Golden Jubilee 34
24. Mayuge Victory Day Golden Jubilee 1 2014
25. Buhweju Tarehe Sita Golden Jubilee 114 2014
26. Kumi Women’s Day Golden Jubilee 251
26. Ntungamo Labour Day Golden Jubilee 79 2014
27. Bukalamuli Mityana District Heroes Day Golden Jubilee 121 2014
28. Kololo 100 Years of service for the Uganda Police The Order of the Commander-In-Chief 1 2014
Exemplary service order- First class 5
Exemplary service order- Second class 5
Centenary medal 20
29 Kololo Independence Day Golden Jubilee 20 2014
30 Soroti Victory Day Golden Jubilee 187 2015
Exemplary service order- First class 10
Exemplary service order- Second class 6
Gallantry order star 5
Long service with good conduct 12
National sacrifice Medal 7
Centenary medal 15
Honorary service medal 5
31 Moroto Tarehe Sita Golden Jubilee 147 2015
Luwero Medal 23
Exemplary service order- First class 2
Exemplary service order- Second class 9
Distinguished service medal 5
Long service with good conduct- 30 years 10
Centenary medal 6
Honorary service medal 5
32 Kabale Women’s Day Golden Jubilee 344 2015
Luwero Medal 6
(The Description of the Medals is attached as Annex A)
4. Formulation of the National Honours and Awards Regulations 2014 No. 46 was finalised. This will guide implementation of the National Honours and Awards Act, 2001 to enable a broader category of civilians to qualify for the National Honors and Awards.
The regulations also cover areas of;
a. The nomination procedure
b. The medal, honour and how it must be used, and when.
c. The certificate
d. The privileges
e. General provisions like publication in the gazette, posthumous awards, deprivation of Honours, offences and penalties
5. The National Honours and Awards Act was amended in September, 2014 to include eleven (11) titles of honour for the Uganda Police.
6. Dissemination of the National Honors and Awards laws and guidelines has been done to all MDAs and districts. This is expected to expand and update the database of the deserving achievers for award of medals.
6.0 PLANS OF THE CHANCERY
1. A proposal is being worked on to enable medalists to receive some courtesies and benefits in addition to the prestige associated with the Medal; that is dependent on availability of funds.
2. The Chancery is also working towards the establishment of a Hall of Fame to inspire Ugandans especially the youth to be Patriotic and aspire for excellence and distinction. This follows the Cabinet decision in 2010 in which the Presidential Awards Committee/Chancery was tasked to develop a concept that would lead to the establishment of a National Hall of Fame in Uganda.
7.0 ROLE OF RDCs
1. Inform and Sensitise the populace about the National Honours and Awards Act, 2001.
2. Identify and recommend exemplary persons in your Districts for recognition.
3. Be Patriotism Champions that will qualify for the award and inspire others to qualify for the awards.
4. Assign your district Internal Security Officers to vet the nominated citizens (in your district) who have made a significant contribution to the socio-economic development of the country so that they can be recognised in future Investiture Ceremonies. The National Honours and Awards Act 2001 and the National Honours and Awards Regulations, 2014 should be followed during this exercise.
Nationalism and Patriotism are pre-requisites for National Development and Success. The National Honours and Awards Act needs to be strengthened and promoted in order to realize our NDP Objectives and Vision of a Transformed Ugandan society by 2040.
THANK YOU FOR LISTENING
FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY
THE TYPES OF MEDALS AWARDED
There are twenty six (26) types of medals defined by the National Honours and Awards Act, 2001 for award. Six (6) under the category of Civilian Medals and Nine (9) under the Category of Military medals and Eleven (11) under the category of Police medals as follows:
a) CIVILIAN MEDALS
S/N TYPE OF MEDAL DESCRIPTION AND INCIDENTS
1 Most Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa This is the Highest honour awarded to Heads of State and Heads of Government.
2 Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa This is awarded to Heads of State’s spouses, Vice Presidents and Crown Princes and Princesses.
3 Distinguished Order of the Nile This is awarded to people who have distinguished themselves in productive, research, economic, social and cultural enterprises.
4 Distinguished Order of the Crested Crane This is awarded to people who have distinguished themselves in Leadership and service, both public and private.
5 National Independence Medal This is awarded to those who have championed and contributed significantly to the struggle for independence and those who have continued to protect the independence of Uganda.
6 Nalubaale Medal This is awarded to all who have contributed to the political development of Uganda either through armed struggle or civil disobedience and otherwise right from colonial times to date.
b) MILITARY MEDALS
S/N TYPE OF MEDAL DESCRIPTION AND INCIDENTS
1 Order of the Katonga This is the Highest and most rarely awarded honour for rewarding individual extraordinary instances of heroism in the army
2 Kabalega Star This is the second highest honour and it is awarded for conspicuous Gallantry that does not justify the award of the Order of the Katonga but bordering with the qualification for the award of the Order of Katonga.
3 Rwenzori Star This is the third highest honour awarded for distinguished or exemplary military service which includes exceptionally meritorious service or great responsibility in military service.
4 Masaba Star This is the fourth highest honour and is awarded under the same circumstances as the Kabalega medal but where the gallantry is not as conspicuous as in the Kabalega medal.
5 Damu Medal This is awarded to any member of the military who was or is wounded in action
6 Luwero Triangle Medal This is awarded to any officer, man or woman who joined armed struggles against dictatorships in Uganda, and to civilians who operated closely with the armed freedom fighters during struggles against dictatorship.
7 Kagera Medal This is awarded to any officer, man or woman, national on foreign, who participated in fighting dictatorship between 1971 and 1979.
8 Order of Lukaya This is awarded under the same circumstances described in the award of the Kagera medal but with emphasis on the 1979 battle of Lukaya.
9 Kyoga Medal This is awarded to officers, men, and women who have gallantly fought and defeated insurgencies in different parts of Uganda.
c) POLICE MEDALS
S/N TYPE OF MEDAL DESCRIPTION AND INCIDENTS
1 The Order of the Commander-In-Chief This is the Highest honour to be awarded to Heads of State and Heads of Governments.
This order shall be awarded for visionary leadership, championing peace and security in the country and in the East African region, and causing economic growth and transformation, transforming the police in terms of welfare, human resource growth and logistics.
2 Exemplary service order- First class This order shall be awarded to an Inspector General of Police or former Inspector General of Police for exemplary leadership, community participation, pacification of the country, transforming the image of the Uganda Police Force and support rendered to Uganda Police Force in its mission to transform.
3 Exemplary service order- Second class This order shall be awarded to a Deputy Inspector General of Police, a former Deputy Inspector General of Police, an Assistant Inspector General of Police, a former Assistant Inspector General of Police and other police officers of a similar rank.
This order shall be awarded for exemplary service during the course and performance of duty while in office.
4 Gallantry order star This medal shall be awarded to police officers who have distinguished themselves through acts of gallantry demonstrated in operations, community policing, intelligence gathering and bravery.
5 Distinguished service medal This medal shall be awarded to police officers who have upheld ethical value and conduct, integrity, initiative and total commitment with outstanding performance but not necessarily bravery.
This medal shall be awarded for acts of humility, kindness, humanitarian attitude and faithfulness.
6 Meritorious service medal This medal shall be awarded to police officers for meritorious service particularly in operations where initiative and meritorious behavior has made vital difference to the success of the operations.
The award shall be awarded for acts of endurance and dedication.
7 Special service medal This medal shall be awarded to police officers of the reserve force and special police constables who have distinguished themselves during their period of engagement.
8 Personal sacrifice medal This medal shall be awarded to officers who have been wounded or killed in the line of duty and may be awarded post-humously.
9 Long service with good conduct This medal shall be awarded to officers with long service years with a clean and uninterrupted service to the Force.
The order will be classified in three classes as follows:
(a) Ten years’ service- bronze
(b) Twenty years’ service- silver
(c) Thirty years’ service- gold
10 Centenary medal This order shall be awarded to police officers and civilians of the Uganda Police Force in commemoration of the Centenary Plus Celebration.
11 Honorary service medal This medal shall be awarded to civilians who have shown unwavering support to the Uganda Police Force programmes in respect of community policing, donations including land, buildings, other logistics and thus have made police operations easier and improved the welfare of officers.