Preparations are in high gear ahead of the June 3rd Martyrs’ day celebrations. Several works such as renovations, erecting pilgrims’ tents, cleaning and paintings are going on. Martyrs’ day is celebrated in remembrance of the 45 converts who were executed on orders Kabaka Mwanga between 1885 and 1887. The government also announce the day a public holiday.
Major construction works are going on at the Anglican shrine. A perimeter wall around the shrine and two public toilets are being constructed while the grave of the former Archbishop, Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo was also roofed.
Lujja Lwasa, a member of the shrines organizing committee, says that despite the construction works starting late, he is optimistic that they will complete in time for the celebrations.
Francis Muwonge, the Catholic Shrines Administrative Secretary, says that they have started receiving pilgrims. He explains that the first two pilgrims from Mitooma District arrived at the shrines on May 17th.
This year’s celebrations will be headed by pilgrims from Tororo Archdiocese and Greater Kigezi Diocese at the Catholic and Anglican sites respectively.
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