Thousands trek to Namugongo martyrs’ shrines

By Yahudu Kitunzi & Samuel Ssebuliba

Over 1000 pilgrims from Bugisu sub-region under Tororo Diocese have set off for Namugongo a head of the 3rd June Uganda martyrs day celebrations.

The group from Tororo Diocese will trek a distance of more than 250 kilometers holding dance, praising songs and prayers along the way that emulate the faith.

It comprises pilgrims from the districts of Bududa, Bulambuli, Sironko and Mbale.

The leader of the team James Wakinya says they expect to arrive at Namugongo on May 31.

Their journey started with special prayers held at St Denis Ssebugwawo Catholic Church of Namatala, Mbale and they were flagged off by the Rev. Fr. Leo Magombe.

Meanwhile as part of preparations for this year’s Martyrs’ day celebrations, the Anglican Church has dedicated today¬† for children’s celebrations.

Previously, cases of missing children have been rampant and it was resolved that children be given a special day to tour and celebrate the martyrs.

Speaking to KFM, Rev Esau Bbosa a member of organizing committee for this year celebration said an average of 10,000 children are expected today and they are to be guided through a normal church service.