Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa will be a special guest at Uganda’s 57th Independence Day celebrations scheduled for next Tuesday, the Minister for Presidency, Esther Mbayo, has said.

Addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala on Tuesday, Ms Mbayo said Mr Mnangagwa has been invited by President Museveni. “President Yoweri Museveni will be the chief guest who has also invited another special guest Emmerson Mnangagwa, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe,” she said.

The minister added that the celebrations will be held in Sironko District under the theme ‘Consolidation of National Unity, Security, Freedom and Prosperity’. She said the government has selected Sironko district to host the celebrations due to the big role that Bugisu region continues to play towards the consolidation of the achievements of the National Resistance Movement (NRM).

The Minister also said that government believes that Uganda will attain middle-income status by 2040. She said that with the economic growth and national development now at about 6.3% for the financial year 2018/2019, up from the 6.1% for the financial year 2017/2018, the middle-income status is now in sight.

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