The proposed development of a Memorial Centre in honour of St
Janani Luwum at Wii-Gweng Village in Mucwini Sub County in Kitgum District has
In a bid to keep Luwum’s memory and legacy alive, the government, Church of
Uganda and well-wishers proposed to support building of a memorial centre and
monument at Wii-Gweng village.
An artistic impression of the memorial centre was unveiled in February 2017
revealed the memorial centre would sit on a 100 acres’ piece of land. It would
consists of a tomb for Luwum, educational facilities, prayers and tourist centre,
hotel, recreational and sports ground, among others.
However, Jackson Omona the Kitgum LCV Chairperson says a number of factors have
since dragged back the development of the memorial centre.
Omona says that delays to fully acquire land initially donated for the project
by four families has stalled the initiative.
He cites that some of the landowners who had donated the land have since passed
on adding that their children are now demanding to fully understand the project
before accepting their land to be used.
According to Omona, the land in question in wii-gweng village were offered in
phases, first to Luwum while still serving as the archbishop while others were
offered after his death.
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He adds that trouble also ensued while having parts of the land title processed
for registration citing that it was offered as leasehold instead of freehold.
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The Kitgum Diocese Bishop, Rt Rev Wilson Kitara, however, notes that pledges
that were made by individuals and stakeholders towards supporting the memorial
centre development haven’t been fulfilled.
For instance, in February 2017, in a message read by the Vice President Edward
Ssekandi, president Museveni promised to construct a monument and memorial centre
for Archbishop Luwum.
In 2015, Church of England’s Archbishop of York, John Sentamu who was the Chief
Celebrant at Wii-Gweng also pledged to support the church construction.
He says unfulfilled pledges compounded by unfinished design for the memorial
centre has left the work in balance despite the artistic impression being unveiled.
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Bishop Kitara reminded those who made pledges to honour it adding that already
they are in the process of acquiring land for the memorial centre.
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Former Uganda People’s Congress party President Dr Olara Otunnu, who is among
the national committee members overseeing the memorial centre development
acknowledges that bottlenecks have affected the project.
He says there is already a master plan for the development of the memorial centre
adding that they are working around to ensure the plans move accordingly.
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Luwum was murdered on 16th February 1977 by the former Uganda president Idi
Amin for his sharp criticism against his dictatorial leadership. He was the
ecclesiastical head of the Anglican province covering Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi
In February 2015, President Museveni declared February 16 a public holiday in
honour of Luwum.