Mr Edward Sebalimba has for the better part of his life been walking from Kabale District in Western Uganda to Namugongo in Wakiso District, a distance of about 520kms to celebrate Martyrs Day.
“I used to take about 11 days walking from Kabale to Namugongo and I was much prepared to walk for this year’s celebrations,” he says.
Mr Sebalimba is sad that he has not been to Namugongo for the second year running. “Besides spiritual healing, the annual walk has always been a spiritual and healthy walk,” he says.
Mr Mike Ssajjabbi, a catechist at Kitovu Catholic Parish in Masaka Diocese, has also for the last 16 years been trekking to Namugongo for the celebrations.
“In 2016, when I moved to Namugongo, I asked the martyrs to intercede on my behalf for God ...
The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev. Stephen Kaziimba has asked Christians to respect the Covid-19 guidelines as they celebrate the Martyrs day.
Kaziimba on Tuesday addressed journalists at his residence in Namirembe ahead of the commemoration of Uganda Martyrs Day on Thursday 3rd June.
In previous years, millions of people from within and outside Uganda thronged both the Anglican and Catholic Shrines to commemorate the martyrs, a brave group of young men who died while defending their faith.
At the Catholic Shrine, Christians start accessing the centre on May 25, when a Novena which is often prayed nine days earlier in preparation for a feast or a specific intention is recited. The earlier arrivals of both national and international faithful’s has also previ...