Reverend Dead As Uganda Prepares For Martyrs Day

sick geneva;”>Reverend Charles Mugisha of Kagamba Parish, Ntungamo district was knocked by a speeding car as he crossed the road at Namugongo shrines around 4:00am on Sunday.

Chimpreports understands Mugisha was part of the Mbarara Arch- Diocese team that is leading this year’s celebrations. He had earlier attended prayers at Namugongo.

Guests arrive for Nyerere Day celebrations

Arinaitwe Rugyendo, one of the organisers of the function, confirmed the incident.

“Yes, it is true, Mugisha was knocked dead. It is really tragic,” he noted.


Thousands of worshipers have already gathered at Namugongo ahead of June 3 Martyrs Day celebrations.

Meanwhile, Christians on Saturday attended the Nyerere day, which is celebrated every June 1, at Namugongo.

The service was witnessed by a number of dignitaries from the Ugandan government led by Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi and Ministers Tarsis Kabwegyere and Ssezi Mbaguta.

Nyerere family members and EALA legislators plant a tree at Namugongo

EALA Speaker Hon Margret Zziwa, Tanzanian speaker of Parliament, Hon Anne Makinda, family members of the late Tanzania leader, Julius Nyerere, led by Mama Maria Nyerere, were also present.

The Rector for Namugongo Fr. Emmanuel Kimbowa advised all leaders to be “administrators” not “rulers.”

He hailed Nyerere as a devoted man who used not to miss out on prayers whenever he was in Uganda.

Ssekandi praised Nyerere as one of the unique personalities that have ever existed in the East African region.

“Nyerere not only preached the gospel of love for one another but also used to put it in practice. I advise all Ugandans to surrender their hearts to the lord in preparation of the Martyrs day on June 3,” said Ssekandi

Mama Miria Nyerere (white dress) arrives for the ceremony

On behalf of the family, Charles Nyerere, the son to the late Nyerere and a member in the East African Parliament, praised all Ugandans especially the Namugongo Basilica staff for giving them a chance to pray for the canonization of their late father.

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