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UTB to produce films about Uganda Martyrs

By Pascal Kwesiga

Added 11th May 2017 03:49 PM

The tourism body is to make individual movies for the 22 Catholic martyrs

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State Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi, addressing the media about the preparations for Martyrs Day celebrations at Uganda Media Centre. Photo by Tony Rujuta

The tourism body is to make individual movies for the 22 Catholic martyrs

 

In an attempt to boost pilgrimage numbers to Namugongo martyrs' shrines, Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) intends to make movies reflecting the martyrdom journey of the martyrs.

The UTB deputy executive director, John Ssempebwa, said the board plans to make movies for individual martyrs and distribute them overseas to attract more religious tourists to Uganda.

The plan, according to UTB, is to start making individual movies for the 22 catholic martyrs whose martyrdom journey is already documented and distribute the films in countries with high Catholic populations across the world.

According to the recent Vatican figures, there are 1.2b Catholics in the world, with about 40% of them living in Latin America. In Africa, the number of Catholics increased from 45 million in 1970 to 176 million in 2012, with DRC having the biggest population at over 36 million.

"There are many Catholics who may not have enough knowledge about the Uganda martyrs. We want to make the movies and distribute them in countries with high Catholic populations like Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, US and Nigeria," Ssempebwa said.

He was addressing a joint press conference with religious leaders from the Catholic, Anglican and Muslim faith as well as state minister for tourism, wildlife and antiquities on June 3 martyrs day fete preparations at Uganda Media Centre in Kampala on Thursday.​

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