Fireworks were displayed at midnight to usher in Martyrs Day, which is celebrated on June 3rd annually to commemorate the 45 boys and men who were killed on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga between 1885 and 1886.
On Saturday, Rt. Rev. Robert Muhiirwa, the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Portal, flagged off the pilgrims from Uganda Martyrs Minor Basilica in Munyonyo. The Minister for Tourism, Wildlife, and Antiquities Tom Butime was among the pilgrims.
Tourism is one of Uganda’s top foreign exchange-earners with annual receipts of USD 1.6 billion brought in by 1.8 million tourists according to the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB). Out of the 1.8 million tourists, 1.3 million are foreigners while 500,000 are local tourists.
The museum, which is found in Cardinal Wamala’s ancestral home in Kamaggwa village in Kyotera district, will act as a reference center for his contribution to both the Catholic Church and country at large.
Rwenzori Art Center and Sculpture Gallery is the only dedicated hub for casting sculpture in the Region. Visitors are treated to a stunning display of works cast in the adjacent studios by talented craftsmen
Legendary tales has it that Ssezibwa was born of a woman called Nakangu Tebatesa, wife of Nsubuga Ssebwato. The mythical around the place is that Nakangu gave birth to two twine rivers of which the older one (Wasswa) was named Ssezibwa and the young one (Kato) named River Mubeya in Nyenga.
The Ambassadors kicked off their day with a tour of a demonstration farm of Joel Cherop supported by the Netherlands at Kapenjuria Village in Kapchorwa village. They could later visit the Kiprotich National High Altitude Training Centre at Teryet, Kapchorwa where they toured the facility and engaged with World Cross Country champion Joshua Cheptegei, Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich, 2019 World Athletics gold medalist Halima Nakayi, middle distance runner Winnie Nanyondo and others.
The dancer is in the country to draw attention to Japan’s cooperation with Africa ahead of a key August conference on African development in Japan. He has gone through the hillsides of Namalu in Nakapiripirit district, visiting schools and communities, courtesy of the World Food Programme.
This sort of relationship began as early as 1964 when the African traditional drums from Uganda were admitted for the very first time into the Vatican Church quarters for the canonization of the 45 Uganda Martyrs. Since that time the African drums continue to sound in the confines of the Church vestries as diverse cultural heritage intoxicates the bloodline of religion.
The pilgrims started the walk with just their Bibles, Rosary and faith in their hearts determined to arrive at the final resting place of the Uganda Martyrs at Namugongo, located about 332 Kilometers away from their homeland.
The journey to this historical site of Chwezi people is about 50 kilometers from Sembabule district headquarters towards Lwemiyaga County; through the jungle of thorny shrubs leading to what now lies as shrines of the Chwezi gods at a village called Kabeho.
The day attracted four ministers including the Esther Mbayo who represented President Museveni, Minister of State for Lands, Persis Namugansa, Minister of Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda and Ethics Minister, Simon Lokodo- their host.