PHOTOS: Bishop Sentamu Bolsters Luwum Memorial Preps

The Archbishop of York, page approved Metropolitan of the province of York and Primate of England, mind more about John Sentamu is in Uganda for the memorial service meant to honour slain former Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, for sale His Grace Dr Janan Luwum.

Sentamu on Sunday attended the Centenary celebrations for St. Mary’s Catholic Parish in Kitgum.

Other high profile officials who graced the occasion include President Museveni, Central Bank governor, Tumusiime Mutebile, UPC leader, Olara Otunnu, Justice James Ogoola and former Prime Minister Prof Apollo Nsibambi.

Born in 1949 in a village near Kampala, Uganda, Sentamu studied law (LL.B.) at Makerere University, Kampala, and practised as an advocate of the High Court of Uganda until 1974, being briefly a judge of the High Court.

Three weeks after his marriage in 1973, Sentamu incurred the wrath of the dictator Idi Amin and was detained for 90 days.

In a speech in 2007, Sentamu, who is the brother of Pastor Robert Kayanja, described how during that time he had been “kicked around like a football and beaten terribly”, saying “the temptation to give up hope of release was always present”.

He fled Uganda to UK in 1974 as an immigrant.

However, then Archbishop Jana Luwum did not survive Amin.


ChimpReports this week reported that pilgrims were flying in from all around the world to the Northern district of Kitgum for Luwum memorial service.

Luwum was murdered in cold blood by the notorious President Idi Amin on the night of February 16 1977 in Nakasero, 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 Museveni is expected as chief guest.

Otunnu in a powerful handshake with Museveni in Kitgum
Otunnu in a powerful handshake with Museveni in Kitgum

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

Removing Amin

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.”

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. 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,” he observed.

“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.”

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