Lwanga, Ntagali tour Namugongo Shrines
Publish Date: May 28, 2014
Lwanga, Ntagali tour Namugongo Shrines
  • mail
  • img

By John Agaba and Juliet Lukwago
The Archbishop of Kampala, Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, together with his counterpart Stanley Ntangali, the archbishop of the church of Uganda,on Wednesday, broke the ground for the foundation of the Uganda Martyrs Museum estimated to cost sh36b.
As part of the activities to commemorate the Uganda Martyrs Day due June 3, next week Tuesday, the Christian leaders, accompanied by several other bishops of both the Catholic and Anglican faiths, also paid homage to both the Catholic and Anglican martyrs’ shrines, located in Namugongo.
The clerics toured the execution sites, first at the Catholic Shrine, and second at the Anglican Shrine. Stanley Ntagali preached at the Catholic Shrine, and Cyprian Kizito Lwanga at the Anglican Shrine.
The Rev. Fr. Joseph Mukasa Muwonge, promoter of the Uganda Martyrs devotion, took the bishops through the martyrdom of the holy martyrs, from the time Kabaka Mwanga decided enough was enough with his ‘rebel’ subjects and decided to execute them in 1885 to 1887. He told their (martyrs) story from Munyonyo to Namugongo, where they were put on the pyre and burnt to ashes.
Ntagali said: “the martyrs are our symbol of faith. They made Uganda proud by sacrificing their lives for what they believed in.”
“As Christians, we should emulate them, and love God, and preach love, hate hatred, jealousy and other habits that make us unclean in the eyes of God,” Ntagali said.
Lwanga, who is also the leader of the Uganda Joint Christian Council, challenged the clerics to encourage their Christians to pay pilgrimages to Namugongo.
“People come all the way, from abroad, to see where the martyrs died. And what about us? Do we come to make a pilgrimage? It does not have to be on the Martyrs Day. You can come any time. Let us promote what our forefathers (martyrs) started,” Lwanga said.
The Archbishop preached against domestic violence, misuse of alcohol, and environmental degradation. He advocated for transparency, accountability, and equality.
“Statistics show that domestic violence is on the increase, that about 60% of women are beaten by their husbands. But, these days, there are cases of women who also beat their husbands. The theme for this year’s celebrations is you are the salt of the earth and light of the world. As children of God, we need to promote Christian values. And we can learn from our martyrs. We need faith, hope and love.”


Security tightened ahead of Martyrs’ Day

Christians mark the start of Uganda Martyrs' execution

Namugongo Martyrs Shrine celebrates 75 years of existence

Uganda commemorates martyrs' day

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Singh Katongole barred from contesting for MP
COURT has issued an interim order restraining Singh Katongole from contesting as the NRM Member of Parliament flag bearer for Rubaga North constituency...
Uganda Martyrs are inspirational - Pope Francis
POPE Francis paid homage to the 45 Uganda Martyrs at the newly renovated Catholic shrine in Namugongo, with emphasis on extending help to the needy...
450 traffic officers reprimanded over bribes
THE director of Traffic and Road Safety, Dr. Steven Kasiima has revealed that over 450 traffic officials were reassigned to other departments for misconduct and allegedly soliciting bribes from motorists...
Obey, Kunya pinned on NSSF pension scam
MARTIN Onya the acting commissioner in the department of compensations, Ministry of Public Service, has pinned Christopher Obey and Kiwanuka Kunsa on the misappropriation of the sh88b...
Thousands welcome Pope Francis to Namugongo
VAST crowds of Ugandans greeted Pope Francis on Saturday as he honoured Christians martyred for their faith on the second leg of a landmark trip to Africa...
Pope Francis lauds Uganda on refugees
Within two hours of his arrival in Uganda, the pearl of Africa, Pope Francis while making a keynote speech at State House Entebbe, lauded Uganda for ''showing outstanding concern for refugees...
Is Uganda ready for the pope's visit?
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter