COMMEMORATION: The late Archbishop Janan Luwum

The Church of Uganda has today launched activities to commemorate the 40th anniversary of former Archbishop Janan Luwum’s death.

In a press release issued today, the COU thanked President Museveni for gazetting February 16 as a public holiday, to remember Rev. Luwum, then Archbishop of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga Zaire.

The commemoration events begin Feb 5 at the St. Paul Cathedral, and events in Kampala will be graced by Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, while the preaching will be led by the Archbishop of Uganda The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali.

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Luwum was murdered by former President Idi Amin on Feb 16, 1977, and the commemoration of 40 years since his death will take place on Feb 16 at his ancestral home in Mucwini, Kitgum.

Meanwhile, according to the release, the public holiday will enable those intending to travel to Mucwini, where President Museveni is set to preside over the commemoration. The main preacher will be Bishop Mike Hill, the Bishop of Bristol Diocese UK, who will represent the Archbishop of Canterbury, while the guest intercessor will be the leader of Episcopal Council of the Catholic Church Bishop Most Rev John Baptist Odama.

The release also indicates that activities in Kampala include a procession by a brass band, that will march to Namirembe Cathedral, leading the laity from five centres: All Saints Church, Nakasero, Mmengo Archdeaconry Centre; St. Francis Chapel Makerere; Zana Church of Uganda and the Mackay Church of Uganda.