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Gov’t, Bishops team up for martyrs day walk

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The Ministry of Tourism through the Uganda Tourism Board together with the Uganda Episcopal conference have teamed to give a boost to the faith-based tourism ahead of the Uganda Martyrs celebrations.

Preparing for the 3rd June Martyrs that attracts hundreds of thousands of faithful pilgrims visiting Namugongo, The UTB, Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife & Antiquities and the Diocese of Kiyinda- Mityana, the Catholic Church and the Anglican Church of Uganda have organised a “Walk of Faith” in preparation for the celebration.

In fulfillment of the key strategic objective of the Tourism Act 2008, UTB runs domestic tourism promotions campaigns to popularise attractions and events in Uganda. This UTB is working with the Catholic Church secretariat and other stakeholders to organise the Martyrs Walk. The theme of the walk is “Walking in the Footsteps of the Martyrs.”

Speaking at the press conference earlier today at the Uganda Media Center in Kampala, the UTB Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Asiimwe called upon Ugandans to embrace the pride of faith-based tourism and this is aimed at growing the brand of tourism in Uganda worldwide.

The UTB therefore has decided to team up with the Uganda Episcopal Conference to help attract global audience with a frontline of the 3rd June Martyr’s Day, a day that is internationally acclaimed and welcomes many tourists in the country.

The event walk that is scheduled to take place on Sunday May 22nd, 2016 in preparations for the celebrations of this year’s Uganda Martyrs Day has a different theme from the overall theme of the Martyrs Day. The Martyrs Walk starts at Munyonyo Martyrs Shrine at 8:00am and ends at St MAtia Mulumba in Old Kampala. After the walk, Bishop Anthony Zziwa of Kiyinda-Mityana Diocese will lead prayers at 3;00pm at the St Matia Mulumba Church.

The Spiritual Journey is to enable our Christianity today to “experience the martyrs’ pain and last moments on earth in a commemorative walk from Munyonyo to St. Matia Mulumba Church in Old Kampala”.

This walk is part of the grand plan to organise such a pilgrimage every year to officially launch the pilgrimage to Namugongo by people from all over the world. This year’s walk will be the first ever such an official event to be included on the Uganda Martyrs day celebration calendar intended to promote Uganda Martyrs trail further.

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