The Ministry of Tourism is to promote religious tourism centers and activities ahead of Martyrs’ Day on June 3.
The day is celebrated annually in commemoration of the Uganda Martyrs who were executed on the orders of Ssekabaka Mwanga II, the then King of Buganda in November 1885 and January 1887, because of their religious beliefs.
Uganda Martyrs were a group of 23 Anglican, 22 Roman Catholics and over 100 Muslims. This year the Roman Catholic Church has chosen the theme: ‘Stand firm in faith’ while Church of Uganda chose the theme: ‘Martyrs don’t die in vain’, derived from Philippians 1:21.
The Catholic Church activities to mark the day will begin with a walk on May 27, while the Anglicans will conduct outreaches for the youth and children ahead of the commemoration, and, while addressing the press at Uganda Media Centre the Minister State Minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi said government is going to fund preparations for both denominations.
Minister Suubi noted that government had improved the facilities at Namugongo including the Basilica, sitting areas, water sources, roads and security.
Further, according to the Minister, the activities carried out there generate foreign exchange which is in turn invested in other sectors of the economy.
This year Hoima Diocese will lead the Roman Catholic Church celebrations; Namirembe Diocese will lead the Anglicans while the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council has chosen June 1 as the day to remember those who died for Islam.
The chief celebrant at the Anglican Martyrs Day commemoration will be Archbishop of the Church of Uganda His Grace Stanley Ntagali and the Bishop of Butare in Rwanda is expected to attend.