Senior government officials join pilgrims traveling to Namugongo

With less than a week to go until June 3, senior government officials, including Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja, have joined several pilgrims walking towards Namugongo, Wakiso District.

Yesterday, a cheerful Nabbanja joined Christians from Hoima Diocese on the Mubende-Mityana road as they walked towards Namugongo.

Likewise, the newly appointed Minister of State for Energy, Phiona Nyamutoro, joined pilgrims from Nebbi, the host diocese, at the Catholic shrine of Namaliga Parish in Bombo.

In the eastern part of the country, Tororo Municipality MP, Mr. Yeri Apollo Ofwono, also joined pilgrims from the Sacred Hearts Catholic Parish.

Government officials were seen singing Christian hymns, songs of praise and worship, while mingling with a perfectly devout crowd. The Prime Minister prayed with the pilgrims and wished them good celebrations.

“I congratulate you for your resilience, commitment and love of faith and encourage you to emulate the good works of the martyrs,” he said.

He added: “Every year, Christians from various walks of life embark on a pilgrimage to Namugongo to honor the memory of 45 Christian converts (22 Catholics and 23 Anglicans) who were martyred between 1885 and 1886 under Kabaka Mwanga II. ”. she said.

This year’s celebrations at the Catholic sanctuary will be led by the Catholic Diocese of Nebbi and will take place under the theme “But I and my house will serve the Lord,” taken from the book of Joshua 24:15.

The Anglicans will be led by six dioceses in the Rwenzori cluster comprising the dioceses of Ruwenzori (Fort Portal), South Ruwenzori (Kasese), East Ruwenzori (Kamwenge), West Ruwenzori (Bundibugyo), Bunyoro Kitara and Masindi Kitara.

In her remarks to the pilgrims, Mrs Nyamutoro said the President had granted her special permission to miss a crucial meeting of ministers yesterday in Entebbe.

“This is a very fundamental message for all Christians, and to be here with my people and share the journey is incredibly meaningful,” he said.

The Nebbi pilgrims’ next stop was at St Francis Catholic Church in Matugga last night, from where they will walk to Naguru, where they will spend the night before making a grand entry into Namugongo on Wednesday afternoon.

Mrs Nyamutoro joined the gathering at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Bombo where she took on the important role of carrying the cross.

At least 724 pilgrims from the Catholic Diocese of Nebbi, from the 22 parishes of the diocese, embarked on the journey of some 450 kilometers on May 15.

Pakwach Catholic Parish has 184 pilgrims on foot, followed by Nebbi Cathedral Parish with 110, Zumbo Catholic Parish with 87 and Orussi Catholic Parish with 77, according to information obtained from the organisers.