Fifty-two Kenyan pilgrims have entered Uganda through Busia border enroute to the Numgongo shrines for the Matry's day celebrations on June 3rd,2022.
The pilgrims are drawn from Kisi, Bungoma, Kakamega, Nakuru, and Siaya among other parts of Kenya. Annah Omollo, the leader of the Kenyan pilgrims told URN that they started their journey on May 13th, 2022 at Yala diocese and they expect to arrive at Namugongo on June 2nd, 2022.
According to Omollo, they have faced several challenges including the unfriendly weather condition hot sunshine, and sometimes heavy rains on their journey to Namugongo.
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Agnes Nyaboke Isaac, a pilgrim from Kisi diocese says that she opted to walk from Kenya to Namugongo as the only to thank God for healing her from several illnesses. She got healed of back pain at Namugongo in 2018 and now has returned to pray for her family.
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John Masila, another Kenyan pilgrim, says that he always walks to Namugongo as the only way to strengthen his faith. He started going to Namugongo when he was 20 years and feels that he has grown spiritually.
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Alexander Wejuli, the vice-chairman of pilgrims in Eastern Uganda, says that this is the first group to enter Uganda through the border and they expect more to come.
The believers in the Busia district will converge and begin their journey on Friday, May 27th and arrive at Namugongo on the eve of the celebrations.