The Bishop of Masaka Diocese, Rt. Rev. Severus Jjumba, officially launched preparations for the celebration of the day of the Uganda Martyrs at the Martyrs Shrine in Namugongo due on Thursday June 3, 2021 amid the Covid-19 situation. He reiterated that the Diocese needs 250 million shillings to successfully organise the event of which 151m is available. He appealed to well-wishers to contribute generously towards the cause.
Last year’s celebrations had been projected to cost 900m shillings meant to cater for the pilgrimage for students, adults and a signature project (Martyrs Monument) for the Diocese. At that time only 350m shillings was realised and was used for projects works at the shrine.
The Diocesan Treasurer. Rev Fr Edward Ssemwogerere informed the press that the Diocese had planned different avenues of soliciting for funds for the day and further appealed to individuals who had made pledges towards the function last year to honour their pledges including that from the Government of Uganda.
The Bishop informed the press that at the moment there is no agreed arrangement from the Diocese to receive pilgrims who are flocking to the venue. They are doing it out of their free will.
A novena in commemoration of the Ugandan Martyrs commenced on May 25, lasting nine days till June 2nd, 2021 aired on Centenary 88.1 Radio FM at 05:00pm concluding with celebration of Mass daily. The theme for this year’s celebrations at Namugongo is “Don’t Lose Heart” or literary translated as “Temuterebuka”.
Reported by Matilda Nabukalu.