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Over two million pilgrims on Wednesday thronged the martyrs shrine at Namugongo in remembrance of the 45 converts executed by the then Buganda Kabaka Mwanga between 1885 and 1887.

Pilgrims who trekked for months and days came from neighbouring African countries including Nigeria, tadalafil DRC, cheap Malawi, Somalia, South Africa, Burundi, Rwanda South Sudan Tanzania, Kenya Zambia and Mozambique.

Other countries are Angola, Namibia, Mauritius and Ethiopia whereas many others flew in from UK, France, USA and Canada.

An elderly pilgrim being supported at Namugongo on Wednesday.
An elderly pilgrim being supported at Namugongo on Wednesday.

It was another experience at both the Catholic and Protestant shrines with security beefed up to the maximum by counter terrorism and field force police units both uniform and non-uniform.

The UPDF Special Forces Command and the Joint anti -Terrorism force were also stationed at all corners and roads leading to the martyrs’ shrine in a bid to beef up security.

In an interview with Chimpreports, the police force boss in charge of operations Andrew Felix Kaweesi explained that they had deployed a reasonable number of uniform and non- uniform personnel in a bid to maintain stability.

Local brewers made a kill on martyrs' day.
Local brewers made a kill on martyrs’ day.

“There hasn’t been any big incident due to our alertness and I can assure the public we are still on top of the situation. Due to the increased number of pilgrims, we had to include in new technology to help us look at details in terms of intelligence in form of minute details and this has partly helped us succeed,” Kaweesi told this website.

“I can’t guarantee that everything is done now but so far we have managed to control the security. We will however stay on ground to monitor the situation for almost a week until all pilgrims have vacated the place.”


The Martyrs’ Day celebrations was another chance for traders and businessmen to make money as they sold items including food stuffs, clothes and jerry cans for collecting water that went as high as Shs 5,000 for a 10 litre jerry can.

pork                                                All kinds of meat were in plenty at Namugongo.

Bar owners, local brewers and pork butchers will live to remember the Martyrs’ Day as they made a kill at Namugongo.

According to officials from the Uganda Tourism Board, the Martyrs’ Day celebration is another tourist attraction that enables locals to sell the items to tourists.

“The martyrs’ day is becoming yet another big day and tourist attraction for Uganda that brings in big numbers of people from all corners of the world. Tourism is all about experiences and staying longer which guarantees that the locals would gain out of the event,” explained   Uganda Tourism Board CEO Stephen Asiimwe in an interview with this website.

Pilgrims took home water  full of blessings.
Pilgrims took home water full of blessings.

“Tourists from all corners of the world can visit places like Entebbe, Sssese Islands, Munyonyo and finally Namugongo as part of the martyrs’ day celebrations. With the inclusion of the Muslims Catholics and Protestants as part of the martyrs, it would serve the country a lot in terms of tourists from all corners and religions of the world.”

Pilgrims Narrate Experiences

According to some pilgrims this website talked to, it was a worthwhile experience trekking from the different parts of the world to Namugongo to celebrate martyrs’ day citing miracles and healing of illnesses as some of the benefits.

“I feel well having trekked all the way from Bbanga (Katosi,Mukono district) and all the pain I had in the chest and back is now gone. In fact I can assure you I will get many miracles on reaching home after coming to this place,” said 79-year-old Josephine Nangobi who has been walking to Namugongo for Martyrs’ Day celebrations since 1958.

Namugongo was littered by the pilgrims.
Namugongo was littered by the pilgrims.

For 50-year-old John Kawuka, walking to Namugongo is meant to emulate what the martyrs in terms espoused in terms of the faith, adding that it’s a worthwhile journey.

“I walked from Entebbe to this place in order feel the pain they went through. For the number of years I have been coming to Namugongo, I have always achieved much in form of blessings in our family,” Kawuka noted.

The love for the martyrs made them queue for long hours.
The love for the martyrs made them queue for long hours.

According to Generous Kyomuhendo, the martyrs’ day experience was a sign of love people have for their religion and that this can be witnessed by the big numbers of people who travelled from different countries to Namugongo.

Between November 1885 and January 1887, a group of 45 converts to Christianity were executed on the orders of the then Kabaka of Buganda Mwanga II for disobedience.

These would later become the Uganda martyrs whose lives are celebrated every June 3.
St. Georges defender, purchase Isaac Isinde is the latest international player to have joined the Cranes training camp. The center back is fresh from winning the Ethiopian league title with his team and his arrival is timely for coach Micho’s side preparing to face Botswana in 2017 Afcon qualifiers next week.

“I am ready to try to win a position at the team because I am not definite that I‘ll be part of the final list, treatment there are many younger endowed players. I will do my best as a player and I leave the rest to the coach. Our time is now, Ugandans have waited for so long.” Isinde said.

A total of 34 players who feature for the U23 and senior teams turned out for Wednesday’s two and a half hours session held at Lugogo stadium.

Micho is expected to announce a final squad on Friday evening, those of who will enter full residential training. Several foreign based players are expected in the country on Friday since most are on preseason after their regular season ended.

Players currently training include; Brian Bwete, James Alitho,  Kigonya Mathias, Ntambi Julius, Okot Denis, Bukenya Deus, Musisi Farouk, Kakuba Alex, Ochwo Brain,Mpuga Martin, Kiyemba Ibrahim,Katongole Henry, Okello Sylivester,

Bakaki Shafik, Kasagga Richard, Boban Zirintusa, Muzamil Mutyaba, Mugerwa Yasser, Patrick Mbowa,Tadeo Lwanga,Frank Kalanda, Said Kyeyune, Robert Sentongo, Geoffrey Massa, Brian Majwega, Derick Tekkwo, Alex Kitatta, Farouk Miya, Fahad Muhammed Toko,Yunus Sentamu ,Keziron Kizito, John Ssemazzi, Denis Iguma , Isinde Isaac.


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