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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.