The Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations which are held annually on June 3rd will not be taking place this year.
Owning to the ongoing Covid19 crisis, the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) has announced that Masaka Archdiocese, which was meant to host this year’s celebrations, decided to pull out.
The Uganda Martyrs celebrations is the biggest religious event in the country, attracting millions of Christian pilgrims from in and out of the country, to mark the murder of 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic Christian coverts who were killed by Buganda King Mwanga between 1885 and 1887.
UEC Chairman Rt. Rev Joseph Anthony Ziwa in a communique to the heads of the catholic church, said he had received communication from the Bishop of Masaka, Rev. Serverus Jumba that the Archdiocese would “not be in position to organize the 2020 Namugongo Martyrs Day, including the youth celebration which is held on May 29th.”
Masaka Diocese, according to Rev Ziwa, argued that organizing the event requires frequent meetings involving several people including government security agencies.
“With the virus still alive in many countries including Uganda, it is not certain when restrictions on gatherings and meetings will be lifted. Even if the government of Uganda were to lift the ban today, there would not be enough time to prepare for the event,” he said.
As such, the UEC has decided to call off the June 3rd celebrations, with prospects of arranging for the celebrations some time later this year.