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UNAA@30 | The Official Opening Ceremony at Bellevue-Seattle Hyatt Regency Hotel.

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Posted September 5, 2018 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in UNAA CONVENTION WEEKEND ~ 1,488 views

     

The Uganda North American Association(UNAA) celebrated its 30th anniversary in Seattle-Bellevue, Washington State during America’s labor day weekend.  This year’s festivities kicked off with a business forum Friday that unveiled a new business concept VENTURE PODIUM (separate report to follow). 

The official opening ceremony was presided over by the Speaker of Uganda’s Parliament – The Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga who was accompanied by the Government Chief Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa, the Minister of Public Service Hon. Muruli Mukasa and a strong delegation of Uganda’s members of Parliament. Hon. Elijah Okupa was visibly the only opposition leaning MP and perhaps Hon. Wilfred Niwagaba.

Uganda’s Ambassador to the United States H.E. Mull Sebujja Katende was invited by the UNAA President to speak before the the Hon. Speaker. In his remarks he celebrated UNAA and its 30 years as a testimony of what Diaspora Unity can do. He also made it clear to all Ugandans that he was in Washington to serve them and therefore maintains an open door policy to all those Ugandans interested in accessing him or taking business delegations to Uganda.

In her speech the Hon. Speaker gave a quick update on the progress so far made by government in various sectors including the newly opened Kampala- Entebbe Express way, updates on the revival of Uganda’s National Air Career and also expressed Uganda’s continued commitment through dual citizenship and the National ID projects. She was happy to report that National Identification Authority and Citizenship team were present to help register those interested in fast-tracking their Dual Citizenship. (Political forum addressed the other issues extensively and and full video feeds will follow.)

Other speakers included Dr. Sarah Matovu a UNAA Pioneer who was among the founders of this great organization in 1988. Her speech focused on the Uganda North America Medical Society were Dr. Sarah and other volunteers give back by returning home to Uganda to offer free medical services.

In their speech the leadership of the Ugandan Community in the Pacific NorthWest were also quick to thank UNAA for bringing the convention to UNAA. They also highlighted how influential Seattle-Bellevue is given how many powerful companies have headquarters in this region – these include Boeing, Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation just to mention but a few.

Following the official ceremony it was then time for the UNAA General Assembly that was so poorly attended that a motion was moved to have the Annual Assembly moved to Sunday since attendees were busy prepping for the Boat Cruise.

However given the ongoing impasse and litigation more time and mobilization was needed to attract more attendees to this program that continues to attract the least attention yet it provides the best opportunity for accountability and for members to learn about the health of their institution. (The town-hall meet was then postponed to Sunday and we shall be posting the video feed of this discourse soon.)

The evening at the hotel ended with a powerful performance of Uganda’s Queen Sheba and DJ Apeman a.k.a the Silverback. They treated revelers to some dancehall tunes that kept many on the dance floor till the wee hours of the morning.

 Disclaimer because we had traveled to Washington DC for the Afrigo Band Grand Finale at the Uganda Festival we were unable to attend the Political Town-hall meet or the Annual UNAA General Assembly however we shall post all the video highlights through our Media Partner Diaspora Television.

Ugandan Diaspora News now brings you some of the highlights in Pictures from the Seattle-Bellevue Hyatt Regency hotel.


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