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Museveni warns on Church House as Anglicans celebrate Martyrs Day

President Museveni, accompanied by the First Lady Janet Museveni and Premier Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, received by Church of Uganda Archbishop Stanley Ntagali at Namugongo (Photo/COU)

NAMUGONGO – President Museveni has assured the Church of Uganda that government will stop an attempt to grab the Church House.

“Archbishop (Luke) Orombi and I worked very hard to get that house. As long as the Lord has put me here, I will not allow it to happen. I will meet and discuss with your leaders,” President Museveni said Sundaywhile attending the Martyrs Day celebrations at the Anglican Shrine.

This year’s Martyrs Day celebrations were graced by pilgrims from all over the world (Photo: @JMort)

Accompanied by his wife Janet, Mr Museveni challenged the Church of Uganda to popularize the Anglican matters who were bigger in numbers but was happy that the numbers of Church of Uganda pilgrims attending the annual pilgrimage at Namugongo had increased and promise to help them develop the shrine.

The choirs crowned up the colourful Martyrs day celebrations at Namugongo (PML PHOTO)

“Some of you do not know that the majority of the Martyrs were Protestants. You used not to pay so much attention to this day but now you are awake. I congratulate you,” he said.

23 of the 45 Ugandan Martyrs were Anglican.

Premier Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rukunda shares a light moment as Amama Mbabazi arrive for the Martyrs Day celebrations at Namugongo (COURTESY PHOTO)

Four dioceses of Kigezi led the Martyrs Day celebrations at the Anglican side this year under an organising Commitee chaired by Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda  and his predecessor  Amama Mbabazi.

Bishop David Grants Williams of Basingstoke – UK joined by Rev. Dr. John Ssenyonyi during the service at Namugongo(PPU PHOTO)

The Anglicans had a visiting preacher Bishop David Grants Williams of Basingstoke in the United Kingdom who asked the pilgrims to be ready to sacrifice their lives for Christ, even to the point of death, just like the Uganda Martyrs.

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