Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has saluted security forces in the country for a job well done by ensuring maximum security at Namugongo Martyrs Shrines as the country marked the annual Martyrs pilgrimage where multitudes of people from Uganda and congregated to commemorate the occasion.
“At a place where there is a very big gathering like here today, where all sorts of people including bad people and criminals also join in, I thank security forces that ensured the celebrations have ended peacefully today,” the President said.
Mr. Museveni was addressing pilgrims at the Catholic Martyrs’ Shrine on 3rd June after he and his wife, Janet Museveni, had earlier attended prayers at the neighbouring Church of Uganda Shrine.
The celebrations at the Catholic Shrine ran under the theme ‘Let us walk in the light of God as a family.’ Tororo Archdiocesan Prelate the Most Rev. Emmanuel Obbo and pilgrims from his See, animated the High Mass for the occasion. The Archdiocese last animated celebrations at Namugongo in 1998 under the theme of ‘Uganda Martyrs our encouragement in faith.’
President Museveni also used the occasion to call upon the Moslem community in Uganda to emulate the Christian believers and move to honour Muslims who also died as Martyrs for their faith. He also urged Christians in Ugandan to note that while it is important to enrich their faith, it is equally crucial to think about household income generation and household poverty eradication.
Archbishop Obbo called upon the people of Uganda to shun evil in families, violence, moral decadence, culture of revenge and champion reconciliation in order to lead transformed lives.
Host Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of Kampala Archdiocese called for honouring the gift of life and urged Ugandans to live as one family.
The Chairman of the Uganda Episcopal Conference and Gulu Archbishop, John Baptist Odama, called for unity of Ugandans as one family. He thanked visiting Bishops and delegations from Tanzania including Mama Maria Nyerere, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe, France and elsewhere for honouring the Ugandan Martyrs with their presence.