KAMPALA: Tuesday next week will be Janani Luwum Day, which was declared a public holiday last year by President Museveni in remembrance of the murdered Ugandan Archbishop Janani Luwum.
According to a statement issued by the permanent secretary of Public Service, Ms Catherine Birakwate Musingwiire Tuesday will be the day to honour the archbishop allegedly killed by the former president Idi Amin in 1977.
“The Rt. Hon. First Prime Minister and minister of public service informs the general public that Tuesday 16th, 2016 will be a public holiday in recognition of the Archbishop Janani Luwum memorial,” the statement reads
Janani Luwum became a Ugandan parish priest during 1956. He faithfully served in that position until 1969 when he was elected to serve the Uganda as a Bishop and was consecrated at a function attended by Amin and prime minister APollo Milton Obote.
In less than two years after becoming a bishop, the reign of terror perpetrated by Idi Amin began on January 25, 1971.
It was in 1974 that Janani Luwum was chosen Archbishop of Uganda and three years later on February 16th 1977, he was allegedly shot by Idi Amin in the mouth and chest.