By Jude Kafuuma
THE Archbishop of Kampala, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, has urged Ugandans in the diaspora to return and develop the country.
â€œIt is good to move out in places like America and get experience, but please come back home and develop your roots. This is where you belong,â€ he said.
Lwanga made the remarks on Sunday during celebrations to mark the feast of the Uganda Martyrs at St. Maryâ€™s Parish at Waltham, Massachusetts in the US.
The celebrations started in June 1978, spearheaded by Dr. Aloysius Lugira and his wife, Agnes Lugira, in the Archdiocese of Boston.
Lwanga described Boston, the state capital and largest city of Massachusetts, as the Namugongo of the US.
Ugandans throng Namugongo in Kampala every June 3 to celebrate Martyrsâ€™ Day.
This year, the Archbishop of Boston, Sean Patrick Cardinal Oâ€™Malley, invited Lwanga to preside over the celebrations.
Lwanga urged Ugandans to be proud of their country, know more about the martyrs and teach children the good examples left by young martyrs like Kizito.
The cleric called upon Ugandans in the diaspora to pray for peace, justice and reconciliation through the intercession of the martyrs.
Emmanuel Wasswa and Emmanuel Musiitwa got awards for their outstanding service to the Catholic community in Boston.
The Uganda Catholic community hosted guests to a dinner at the Watertown Cultural Centre.
Democratic Party president Norbert Mao, Forum for Democratic Change president Kizza Besigye and his wife, Winnie Byanyima, attended the feast.