Kampala, 27 March, 2022 / 8:30 pm (ACI Africa).
With Uganda having relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, including the widely publicized reopening of schools, millions of pilgrims from all over the world are expected to throng the country’s Namugongo Shrine for the annual Martyr’s Day celebrations on June 3.
At a Wednesday, March 23 press conference, Bishop Robert Muhiirwa of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Portal said that the Diocese that has been asked to animate the celebrations had reached out to the Ugandan government to request for a “full-blast” celebration.
He said that while only a few hundreds of people attended the famed Martyrs’ Day at inception, Namugongo has grown to receive millions of pilgrims every year.
“Fort Portal Diocese last animated this celebration way back in 1997. Since then, several changes have taken place. It used to be a small event of about 300 people, but now it is an event of millions of people,” Bishop Muhiirwa said.
He added, “We have sought government's guidance on the nature of the celebrations, but unfortunately, we have not yet got a response from them as to what format this celebration should take. We are optimistic that they will allow us to have a full blast celebration.”