By Isaac Akugizibwe
KIU, Main Campus - The Somali community at KIU ended the week on a high after celebrations of their country’s independence extended way after the July 1 independence day date.
The KIU Somali students under their umbrella body, KIU Somali Students Association (KIUSOMSA) joined the rest of the world in commemoration of their country's 61st independence anniversary from Italy by dressing in blue and white, the colours of their national flag throughout Thursday and the remainder of the week.
"I would like to send heartfelt congratulations to all the people of Somalia for having added yet another year to our independence. This is our week but most importantly, we need to use the 61st independence anniversary to preach love to our people (back) home and also work towards transforming Somalia into a stable state," KIUSOMSA president Abubakar Ali said on July 1.
Ali also urged his Somali colleagues currently living in different hostels in Kansanga to continue observing all measures against the COVID-19 pandemic, a disease whose surge saw the president of Uganda declare a 42-day nationwide lockdown that did not spare all learning institutions in Uganda.
On 1st July 1960, the southern parts of Somalia became independent of Italian rule, five days after the British had awarded Northern Somalia her independence on 26th June 1960. The two states joined to become the independent Republic of Somalia.