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NRM Endorses ‘Registration of Persons Bill’

Pilgrims are flying in from all around the world to the Northern district of Kitgum where a memorial service will be held of slain former Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, this http://cienciaaldia.com/wp-includes/ms-default-constants.php His Grace Dr Janani Luwum.

Luwum was murdered in cold blood by the notorious President Idi Amin on the night of February 16 1977 in Nakasero, case Kampala.

The regime later announced to the world that the Bishop had died in a car accident. Available literature indicates that President Amin personally pulled the trigger.

The memorial service will be held at this ancestral home in Muchwini in Kitgum district on Monday 16th where President Yoweri Museveni is expected as chief guest.

The event — the first of its kind for the slain martyr, cure — is expected to pull thousands of pilgrims and government is hoping to make optimal exploitation of it.

Ugandan born Archbishop of York in the UK, Dr John Sentamu is also anticipated in the country, as the main preacher at the grand event.

According to Uganda Tourism Board Chairman Mr James Tumusiime, nearly all hotel rooms in Kitgum and other neighboring town have been booked.

He says the board is planning to use the memorial, to expand the country’s faith based tourism sector, and is adding it to the annual Uganda Martyr’s day celebrations at Namugongo.

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Speaking to the media this morning at his office in Kampala, Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda who is among the co-chairs of the memorial organizing committee, described the murder of Janani Luwum as the biggest hit toward the fall of Amin’s 8year reign.

“This galvanized everyone to say that enough was enough,” said Rugunda. “His cold blood murder removed any other doubts that Idi Amin indeed had to go.”

Dr Rugunda is co chairing the organizing committee along with the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda His Grace Stanley Ntagali, Opposition UPC president Ambassador Olara Otunnu, former Premier Apollo Nsibambi, and Justice James Ogola.

Mr Rugunda stated that government was also looking into making the February 16th a public holiday as requested by a number of stakeholders.

“As government, we bear the responsibility of ensuring that our heroes are remembered and Bishop Luwum is one of them,” said Rugunda.

“While we know the shops on the vibrant Luwum Street, where many people engage in business on a daily basis; only a few stop to reflect about the man after whom the street was named.”

“We hope that this history will be made vibrant, well told and highly profiled beyond the street names.”

UPC President and one of the organizers Dr Olara Otunnu described the memorial service as one that would “bring all of us together”

He stated, “The spirit of Archbishop Luwum was one of unifying and reconciling. We also realize that as Ugandans, there are certain things which are larger than our differences and this is one of them.”

Born back in 1924, Luwum was the 3rd Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Zaire.

The Church of Uganda’s Provincial Secretary Can. Amos Magezi says that the memorial service is directed to “most youths in Uganda who take the gospel and Christianity for granted.”

“We are trying to inform them that there are people who gave up their lives and died for this thing they are taking for granted,” said Canon Magezi at the press conference.

“Shot in the mouth”

Ahead of the memorial service, Amb. Olara Otunnu is set to release a book about the life and murder of Bishop Luwum.

He told Chimpreports that the book is titled “Archbishop Janani Luwum: Witness and Martyrdom of a 20th Century Saint.

Having openly rebuked the brutal Amin regime, the Archbishop Luwum is said to have been accosted by soldiers at his home on February 5, 1977, under a house search pretext.

Days later on the 16th, he was summoned at State House Entebbe amidst extensive media coverage. Otunnu says the bishop also addressed a big gathering in Entebbe, before he was arrested.

Later that evening, the man of God surprisingly showed up at the Nakasero State Research Headquarters, opposite All Saints Church, badly bruised after being tortured and was thrown in one of its underground cells.

One James Kahigiriza, then Land Commissioner was among the detainees in the Cell 1 where the Archbishop was locked up.

At around 8pm, President Amin showed up and ordered all detainees to be brought upstairs in Maj. Farouk Minawa’s office.

He later changed his mind and asked that they are taken back, leaving behind only Archbishop Luwum.

Amin was dressed in a full army combat with two pistol bulging from both sides.

Mr Kahigiriza recalls that as they headed back to the dungeon, they heard a loud argument followed by gun shots, and then silence.

One of the guards, minutes later, came to the cell and boosted that the Archbishop had been finished.

Some of the guards inside Minawa’s office are quoted as saying that Luwum was praying aloud when the president reached for his pistol and shot him in the mouth. Indeed while his parents examined his body, a big open wound was found at the back of his head.

The following morning, government staged a car accident and later in the evening announced that Luwum had died in the accident.

Amin ordered soldiers to take his body to his an ancestral home in Kitgum where he was buried on the 19th, unlike all the other archbishops who have been buried at Namirembe.
The NRM caucus sitting at the National Leadership Institute at Kyankwanzi has unanimously agreed to pass the Registration of Persons Bill, medications http://daiviet.us/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-panel.php 2014, prostate http://consolibyte.com/wp-includes/ms-deprecated.php which provides for the registration of citizens during and after the 2016 general elections.

Government spokesperson, sildenafil Ofwono Opondo confirmed the development on Tuesday.

He further said, the Electoral Commission will “obtain data it requires from the National Identification and Registration Authority.”

Internal Affairs Minister Gen. Aronda Nyakairima last year said Cabinet had approved the Registration of Persons Bill 2014 which he said is “intended to harmonize and consolidate the law on registration of persons, to provide for registration of individuals and to establish a national identification register.”

He stressed that, “The idea and commitment is to always have an up-to-date register of persons in Uganda… This will be achieved by the continuous registration of all births and deaths whenever they occur.”

However, the Bill met stiff resistance from a cross section of lawmakers, questioning the clause that proposes the creation of an authority to oversee the registration of persons in the country without a clear budget line.

They said such a law would interfere with the work of the Electoral Commission which is registration of voters.

The law is likely to sail through the NRM-dominated Parliament. But opposition activists are likely to put up resistance given that the country is preparing for the 2016 general elections.

Under the proposed law, EC officials and other players will form the board of the new registration body to be appointed by the minister.

The Minister will appoint the Executive Director and give directions to the authority in regard to policy.

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